Western and Choiseul needs customary reconciliation

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BY ALFRED PAGEPITU

GIZO

Chiefs and traditional leaders from Western and Choiseul provinces need proper customary reconciliation to be done with Bougainville.

During the Border Dialogue last year held in Gizo, Chiefs and traditional leaders from Western and Choiseul discussed more on boarder issues with Autonomous Regions of Bougainville Council of Chiefs (AROB).

A number of Chiefs said traditional ties and importance of re-establishing this history and cultural linkage through customary reconciliation between Chiefs and Traditional Leaders of Choiseul, Shortland Islands and (AROB) must done as part of the peace building process for the shared boarder communities.

“Traditional governance and shared resource management.”

“Immigration concerns on the people movement, trading activities and challenges of border by enforcement agencies,” they added.

“We need National security policy development and progress to establishing a national coordinating mechanism for muilti-sectorial collaboration in border security and management,” they said.

The chiefs said that Choiseul Province, Shortland Islands and Western Region of Western Province national compensation and rehabilitation claims to Solomon Islands National Government in response to Bougainville Crisis Spill-over effects.

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