EXILES SEEK TO RECLAIM GUADALCANAL LAND

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Sept. 9) - The head of
the Solomon Islands National Peace Council, Paul Tovua, has urged the government
to set up a commission of inquiry into land ownership on Guadalcanal.

Mr Tovua is concerned about reports of people returning to
Guadalcanal to demand the return of land lost at the height of ethnic tension.

In the late 1990's, an estimated 30,000 ethnic Malaitans were
terrorized and forced to leave Guadalcanal, where they had been living for
generations.

Mr Tovua says a commission of inquiry would be able to make
recommendations aimed at resolving the situation, after examining how land has
been acquired:

"The commission of inquiry will first of all, gather all
the information including the title to those various lands, and then from that
they will go back and see how each land was acquired before it was transferred
either by customary traditional way or by the proper lands and titles
system."

September 9, 2003

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra 

 

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