Peace and reconciliation should be a collective effort, a caretaker minister says.
Hypolite Taremae of the Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation uttered this during the International World Peace Day last Sunday.
“The government alone could not achieve peaceful coexistence and reconciliation for the country as this needs a multi-sectoral approach to address it,” Taremae said.
“Government alone could not achieve peace and reconciliation in the country.
“Peace supposed to be the collective effort the Government, Churches, and stakeholders to work towards, taking a multi-sectoral approach.”
NCRA government has been over and over again come under heavy criticism for not doing much to initiate reconciliation amongst communities.
In a Limited Re-armament talk back show on SIBC last Sunday, one speaker from Malaita questioned the panel whether a major reconciliation has been taken place between the conflicting parties.
But Taremae said the government has strived to achieve peace for the country, though it achieves very little.
“NCRA has been striving to achieve peace in the Solomon Islands, but it cannot do it alone. And peace is a strong sense of one people.”
Chair of the Solomon Islands Christian Association (SICA) Bishop Adrian in his pray for peace during the celebration said the human family must be a caring family.
“Our World today was in a sad, sad state! Peace is and ugly reality we failed to accept each day, resulting in wars everywhere.
“We must have respect for one another, and our diversities. Peace is the ultimate gift from God.”
BY CHARLEY PIRINGI