Solomons govt will meet Truth & Reconciliation recommendations

7:44 am on 9 February 2016

The Solomon Islands Government says implementing the final reports by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into ethnic tensions more than a decade ago will reduce the risk of violence.

The TRC Final Report found the critical root causes of those ethnic tensions included land issues, cultural differences and inadequate pre-independence laws.

It also found the uneven distribution of development investment after Solomon Islands gained independence from Britain in 1978 contributed to the tensions.

The consultant for the TRC Report Implementation, Caroline Laore Gorae, of the Prime Minister's Office, said its recommendations include the new legislation to recognise different ethnic groupings, practices and norms.

She said this was particularly to help resolve custom disputes to pave the way to a sustainable peace.