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Solomons Leader Calls For Release Of Reconciliation Report
Guadalcanal premier says public has right to know

By Elliot Dawea

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Jan. 28, 2013) – Guadalcanal premier Anthony Veke has renewed his call for the government to take the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) parliament in the Solomon Islands.

The Government held onto that report, and said it contained sensitive information that may cause problems if the report was released publicly.

But Veke said the recommendations made in the report were important for the national to be aware of so that it does not go down the path it went from 1998 to 2003.

"I urge this government to release the report before its term ends," Veke said. "It was unbelievable the government could be holding on to a report that it should be acting on.

"The public has every right to know the root causes of the recent civil unrest and so I urge the government to take the report to the next sitting of parliament," the premier said,

He said what the government was now doing was politicizing the report, which should not be the case.

Veke said the government had no right to hold on to that report because it was a public document.

Meanwhile, East Choiseul MP Manasseh Sogavare said the onus was on the prime minister as head of the government to table the report to parliament.

Sogavare said there was no valid reason for the government to hold on to the report.

He said the recommendations in the report were important for the future peace and security of this nation.

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