Malaita Premier expressed apology for the event of 2000 in the Solomon Islands
Mr Irosaea made the open apology when addressing the 1st Annual Premiers’ Conference at Lake Tegano in the Rennell Bellona Province on Friday.
He said the behaviors of the Malaitans who participated in the armed insurrection of 2000 were obnoxious and thus Malaita Province has asked for forgiveness.
“On behalf of my government and people of Malaita Province I would like to sincerely apologize for the events of the year 2000 and their negative impacts on the country’s struggling economy,” he said.
He said as the province with the biggest population, Malaita Province understands that the behaviors of some of its citizens could be obnoxious and therefore asks for forgiveness from the national government, the provincial governments and the people of this nation,” Mr Irosaea said.
The Premier said it was important that his Province normalize its relationship with other provinces and the national government after the events of the year 2000 so they could all work together harmoniously towards achieving economic success.
He said contrary to the resolution of the 2004 Malaita Leaders Summit to pursue independence for Malaita Province, his present administration stood for a united Solomon Islands.
Mr Na’amo Irosaea said if Solomon Islands is to achieve economic prosperity, all the provinces ought to be united and support the national government in its development endeavors.
He said the Malaita Provincial government was pursuing a major reconciliation program to iron out all the ill feelings the nation had against Malaita over the actions of some of its citizens in the year 2000.