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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, June 22) – Solomon Islands Governor General John Ini Lapli has warned against a "make believe" reconciliation recently carried out between conflicting parties in the country.

Speaking at an international conference labeled "Winds of Change," Laplli said militants used reconciliation ceremonies during the ethnic tension to conceal offences and crimes they committed during recent years of ethnic conflict.

He says this kind of reconciliation will not help to reestablish peace and harmony in the long term.

Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for Rennell and Bellona, Joses Tuhanuku, says the conference was aimed at forging a way forward for all Solomon Islanders to rebuild the nation with trust and integrity.

He says it's hoped that the people of Solomon Islands, may learn some thing from the experience of communities elsewhere in the world.

The conference has brought together people from South Africa, Nagaland near India and China, Kenya and Australia to share their experiences in healing their own nations.

June 23, 2004

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