Prime Minister Derek Sikua has said today marks an important step in the history of Solomon Islands, especially in the efforts as a nation to deal with a difficult chapter in the country's history - the ethnic conflict.

Speaking during the launching of the Truth and Reconciliation ceremony in Honiara this morning, Dr Sikua said people gathered at Lawson Tama and those who listen to SIBC's live coverage of the event are part of history.

He said this helps to put a special meaning to the official launch of the Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

"The launching of the Commission is a vital part of the efforts as Solomon Islands continue to work towards closure of a most challenging chapter in the history of the country, when disputes led to conflict and conflict erupted into violence between communities."

He said that violence has inflicted great suffering right throughout the nation, it signifies the need for the nation and people to step forward again with trust and confidence in each other, having closed one chapter in our history and opening another.

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