Earth Island Institute’s local rep Lawrence Makili made the accusations recently.
But in a statement, the association said Earth Island Institute was merely putting the blame on them for its own failure in breaching the terms of the MOU it had signed with the communities of Fanalei and Walande.
“Earth Island Institute failed to pay-up SBD$1.7, the remaining part of the $2.4 million it had promised to compensate the people of Fanalei and Walande for refraining from their traditional hunting and killing of dolphins for a period of two years,” the statement said.
It added the life of the two-year ban had exhausted or expired in April 2012.
“Earth Island Institute failed to release the rest of the money intended as a complementary income to meet their monetary obligations.
“This is for doing away with trading dolphin meat and teeth as their major source of earning money.
“Earth Island Institute must refrain from attempting to continue its association with the two communities since the agreement linking them with the communities had expired.”
In the meantime, an elder from Fanalei community, Philip Ouou had dismissed claims by Wilson Filei accusing the Fanalei Honiara Based Association of meddling in the affairs of Earth Island Institute with the communities of Fanalei and Walande.
Mr Ouou said the community of Fanalei no longer trusts Filei as having credibility to lead his community because of his dubious dealings with Earth Island Institute without proper consultation with the Fanalei community.
“In view of that the community of Fanalei had unanimously terminated his former role as chief of the village,” Mr Ouou said.
He said the recent media statements by Filei, accusing the Fanalei community for resuming hunting of dolphins without his consent, had sparked angry reaction from the people of Fanalei.
He added the community of Fanalei accused Filei of acting alone contrary to the interests of the people.
“Filei’s actions were based on serving his personal interest with Earth Island Institute.
“The Fanalei Honiara Based Association
was established way back and mandated by the people of Fanalei community as its
think-tank, which ensures their local communities do not fall prey to foreign scrupulous
schemes with empty promises.”
Mr Ouou reminded Earth Island Institute that the only way it can strike any future deals with the dolphin hunters of Fanalei is through consultations with the Fanalei Honiara Based Association.
He said Earth Island Institute is wasting its time and money dealing through a person who no longer holds any respect from the community.
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