9 Dec 2013

Reconciliation on Weather Coast of Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands

4:51 pm on 9 December 2013

The Solomon Islands government is to hold a reconciliation ceremony at the remote Guadalcanal Weather Coast village of Peochokuri on Tuesday.

The government sponsored ceremony is to reconcile the local people, the police and the government after an incident during the ethnic tensions a decade ago when the police patrol boat fired on the villages.

The attack was carried out by the so called Joint Operation, which included police and the militant group the Malaita Eagle Force and the reconciliation is for the loss of lives, properties and violations of human rights.

Representatives from the government will include the prime minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo, the minister of national security and police, Chris Laore and the minister for national unity, peace and reconciliation, Hypolite Taremane.

The villagers have been pushing for a reconciliation for some time.