Expect response within 28 days
Malaita Provincial Premier Daniel Suidani has submitted the “Malaita People’s Log of Claims ” to the National Government with expectation to receive the response within 28 days.
The 15 points log of claims was presented to the Permanent Secretary of the Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening Stanley Pirione and PS of the Ministry of Traditional Governance Peter Mae during the 39th Second Appointed Day in Auki on Monday.
PS Pirione after receiving the historical document from Premier Suidani promised the Premier and the people of Malaita that they will present the document to the National Government.
The Log of Claims has 15 points which MPG wants the current DCGA government under the leadership of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to respond within 28 days.
“Fellow Malaitans, you would have heard that the MARA government will be presenting its log of claims to the DCGA government today (yesterday).
“There have been on numerous occasions suggestions by both the national and provincial government for a dialogue on issues affecting the relationship of the two governments.
“On 30th November 2021 Malaita Province made a public call for dialogue on fundamental issues.
“On 22nd December 2021 a three men delegation from the national government held a meeting with some members of the executive on the same issue that Malaita province proposed in the call for a dialogue on fundamental issues.
“From December meeting it was agreed that MOG will prepare its log of claims and submit them to the national government.
“The MPG took the initiative and came up with a log of claims documents that will be submitted to the government today.
‘This is after MPG was advised by the MPGIS to submit the claims on the second appointed day.
“Fellow Malaitans, I would like to inform you that I have invited the Prime Minister to be the guest to honor on today’s occasion for him to receive the log of claims document from the MARA government.
“The Prime Minister however could not attend today’s celebration due to other commitments.
“This however is not stopping the MARA government from submitting the log of claims to the national government as requested by the national government.
“Fellow Malaitans in perusing the log of claims I have met with the Executive and discussed the issues that we see as critical to the good governance, peace and stability of the country and for the progress of Malaita Province.
“In doing so, I have also brought to the attention of the government issue I have raised in my letter on 5th December 2021 to the President of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the Permanent Representative of Niger to the United Nation, Ambassador Abdou Abarry.
“My MARA government believes that addressing the issues raised with the UN Security Council would be the starting point for a peaceful and progressive Solomon Islands.
“Fellow Malaitans, in my letter to the UN Security Council President, I made particular reference to the agreed measures set out in Part 4 of the Townsville Peace Agreement that we intend to address the structural problems which were critical to achieving sustainable peace in Solomon Islands.
“I also pointed out that these measures in Part 4 of the Agreement have not progressed in any substantive form in the intervening 21 years to date.
“For the information of the public of Malaita, I have reached out to the United Security Council as a party to the Townsville Peace Agreement, a document deposited with the Security Council as document S/2000/1088 in November 2000.
“I believe the implementation of this part of the TPA is crucial in light of the prevailing circumstances that are currently observed and felt in Solomon Islands most especially in Malaita and Guadalcanal provinces.
“We are hoping that by the expiry of the 28 days period given to the government to respond to the claims we will know the government’s thinking in light of the claims.
“In any case MPG stands ready for any response from the national government.
“We believe we have done our part on behalf of the people of Malaita,” Premier Suidani said.
This paper will publish the 15 points log of claims in our next edition.
By WILSON SAENI
Solomon Star, Auki