26 Jun 2008

Solomons govt under pressure from former combatants, says opposition leader

7:37 pm on 26 June 2008

The Solomon Islands opposition leader, Manasseh Sogavare, has warned that the government's handling of rehabilitation of former combatants could risk re-igniting tensions.

Mr Sogavare intends to move a motion of no-confidence in Prime Minister Derek Sikua next month in parliament.

The opposition describes the motion as a bid to draw attention to some serious issues which the government is not allowing serious debate on in parliament.

Mr Sogavare says that among those issues, the government is mishandling the ongoing peace process.

He says the government is playing a dangerous game by promising early settlement with combatants, separate from the overall peace package.

"Rehabilitation of former combatants is just one only out of nearly one hundred issues that need to be addressed because addressing former combatants will not address peace in this country because you have all other issues that the other provinces are also concerned about. So in politicising that they are now getting a lot pressures from the former combatants and unless they solve that, I am seeing a repeat of what happened in the year 2000."