3 May 2007

Solomons chiefs seek end to Guiadalcanal hostility

2:09 pm on 3 May 2007

Seventeen chiefs from East and South Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands have held preliminary talks to find a way to reconcile people who have become hostile after the ethnic tension era.

According to the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, a Guadalcanal Volunteer Information link officer says 17 chiefs from Longu and Bubuvua in East Guadalcanal and Barainagho of South Guadalcanal held their first discussions last month at Purepure village in East Guadalcanal.

The chiefs have agreed that a reconciliation ceremony will be held at the appropriate date after chiefs receive views from their people.

The chiefs have agreed that the reconciliation ceremony will be based on the traditions of Guadalcanal people.

Mr Hao said the people of Longu and Bubuvua had been supporters of Andrew Te'e while the people of Barainagho have been supporters of Harold Keke during the ethnic tension period.