Solomons gov’t committed to address outstanding claims

(SIG release): The Solomon Islands Government (SIG) is committed and is in a process to address claims in relation to the Bougainville crisis (Border Crisis) and the Ethnic tension.

A joint statement from the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Ministry of National Unity Reconciliation and Peace (MNURP) and the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services (MPNSCS) stated, Government is committed and currently in the process of addressing claims from different groups who have been demanding goodwill payments in relation to the Bougainville crisis (Border Crisis) and the ethnic tension.

The statement highlighted that the Government does not intend to deal with the claims in a piece meal manner or by way of ad hoc approaches.

The statement also added that the outgoing government decided in accordance with standing policy, that all claims are to be addressed and dealt with under a Comprehensive Reparation Policy (CRP) and a Reparation Commission to be established and regulated under its own enabling legislation.

 The statement further stated that the preparation of the Comprehensive Reparation Policy is progressing well and the government remains committed to the delivery of this important legislation.

Currently the draft Policy has been prepared together with the Drafting Instructions for the enabling legislation to establish the Reparation Commission.

The Reparation Working Group comprising senior government officials will convene as soon as possible to finalize the Policy and progress to complete drafting of the Reparation Bill.

The Government appeals to all individuals and groups with outstanding claims to understand and appreciate the complexity of dealing with such issues which requires that all aspects are comprehensively addressed to ensure meaningful and lasting peace is achieved.

Meanwhile, the Government requests all claimants to demonstrate tolerance and remain patient so that enabling legal mechanisms can be formally established to comprehensively address their claims fairly and amicably in the best interests of all concerned.