THE Malaita Masina Forum (MMF) has offered to be a “go-between” in the standoff between the National and Malaita Provincial Government.
MMF President William Gua told Solomon Star, Friday, the time had come for the on-going row to be settled once and for all. Mr. Gua was yesterday meeting with his executive members in Honiara.
“There is a lot at stake. The MMF feels duty-bound to be part of resolving the standoff. The impact of the “them and us” attitude has and continues to affect a lot of people,” Mr. Gua said.
“It is time the warring parties are brought together so that we can go on with the business of rebuilding rather than destroying Solomon Islands,” he said.
Mr. Gua said the MMF had been silent on the matter for quite sometimes because it felt no one would benefit from what had been going on.
“Now we believe we can be part of resolving the issue. And we will be writing to Premier, Daniel Suidani to offer our assistance. At the moment Malaita Province appeared to have been controlled by those from Fataleka and Baegu.
“Malaita Province is a multi-ethnic society with different tribal groups. These groups must be represented by the different ethnic groupings and this must be shown in the leadership structure,” Mr. Gua said.
“We hope what the MMF is offering will be acceptable by both parties as we cannot keep going like this.”
By ALFRED SASAKO