Taskforce committee writes to government on claims

THE Taskforce Committee on Border and Ethnic Tension related claims has formally written to the Prime Minister about its longstanding log of claims, Chairman Henry Kahui told Island Sun yesterday.

“We are requesting your office to give us an update regarding our log of claims submitted a year or so [ago] regarding the former Solomon Islands Police Officers, former Special Constables, former Correctional Services officers, former and current public officers who served during the Ethnic Tension and former Marine officers who also served during the Bougainville crisis.

“We understand that your office is currently working on a Policy paper as per Special Secretary to the Prime Minister’s letter dated 12 September 2017,” the letter said.

“We wish to give your office 14 days’ notice, effective from the date of this letter to respond and to give our committee the status of the Policy paper and our log of claims,” the letter said.

Copies of the letter were hand delivered to the Office of the Prime Minister, his Deputy, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Police and National Security and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Peace and Reconciliation yesterday.

Mr Kahui said the Attorney General would be furnished a copy this morning.

He said the 13-member executive committee would convene on April 9 to consider the Government’s response before all the members meet the next day.

“The Government’s response would determine our next course of action,” he said.

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