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Peace Maker encouraged Anglicans to fully support the TRC
April 30, 2009

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] 
Retired Primate of the Anglican Church of South Africa Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is encouraging the Anglican Church of Melanesia to take on board fully the peace and reconciliation work to be undertaken in Solomon Islands under the newly launched Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

He said this during a brief discussion he had with the Archbishop-elect of the Anglican Church the Rt Rev’d David Vunagi at the Church Provincial Headquarters in Honiara on April 29, 2009.

He said the Truth and Reconciliation process is an important step to restoring real peace in the country. Therefore it must have the support of all stakeholders including the church.

He encouraged the Archbishop-elect as he prepares to hold an important position in the Church, to play a prominent role in the peace and reconciliation efforts so that TRC too can play its part in the Church.

Though, the meeting was a brief one, Archbishop-elect said it was an honour to receive a person who is renowned world over for his peace work and promoting human rights.

Meanwhile the Archbishop-elect said the Anglican Church has all along been involved in the peace and reconciliation efforts in the country so its not new for the Church.

In 2008 the Church has established a Justice, Reconciliation and Peace Office and has since organized and conducted consultations, meetings, workshops and trainings for those directly and indirectly affected by the social unrest.

With the Consultation of 2008 the Church’s formal programme of reconciliation and peace building has been launched.

The Church with other partners; AngliCORD and Anglican Board of Mission have also established the Inclusive Communities Programme that have also involved in the peace and rehabilitation efforts.