30 Jul 2012

Solomons government urged to move swiftly on reforms

10:43 am on 30 July 2012

The premier of the Solomon Islands province of Guadalcanal is urging the government to move swiftly with constitutional reform.

Anthony Veke says he fears there could be a resugence of the sort of violence that occurred during the ethnic tensions of more than a decade ago if Guadalcanal people's longstanding grievances over land are not addressed.

He says a new constitution being drafted will allow for both both state and federal governments, which he says will partly address Guadalcanal people's unmet demands.

But Mr Veke says the central government must advise the public of the progress it is making.

"And whatever process that we're taking in trying to address these issues that affect the Solomon Islands in the last 10 years, the government needs to do it and do it quickly so that we give hope to the people of Solomon Islands."