8 Jun 2011

Landowning groups in Russell Islands call on Solomon Islands govt to halt negotiations

10:33 am on 8 June 2011

Landowning groups in Russell Islands are calling on the Solomon Islands government to halt negotiations and payment intended for indigenous Russell Islanders until landowning groups settle their differences and change their current leadership.

The Solomon Times reports indigenous Russell Islanders, Walter Gata and Denis Akorea, as saying current leaders are becoming obstacles to social and economic development on the Islands.

Both men claim certain leaders attain their current status or leadership role in a manner that is not consistent with traditional protocols.

Mr Gata and Akorea say the NCRA government must adhere to this call or its development plans for Russell Islands will become meaningless.

Both men say to be fair to all indigenous Russell islanders, the Government must halt any plans to dish out money to the landowners and let the landowning groups settle differences amongst themselves first.