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Archbishop Tutu launched TRC in Solomon Islands
April 30, 2009

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] 
Retired South African Anglican Primate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was given the honour to launch the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Nobel Peace Prize winner for his work on promoting peace and human rights in the world and in particular in his native country of South Africa has made him Solomon Island governments choice to launch the new body.

The launching which took place at the country's national stadium Lawson Tama on April 29 marks the start of the Commission, established by the national government to investigate the causes of the 1998 to 2003 social unrest.

Addressing thousands of people who attended the programme, Archbishop Tutu said “God wants to bless you as was seen in South Africa. God wants this nation for peace, stability, friendliness, compassion and caring.

“When you want stability, free from corruption and government rule for the people, then you can’t do with all the investment coming in the country,” he said.

Solomon Islanders, he said are very important in the eyes of God.

“Its difficult to say sorry to someone who hurts you, but when you say sorry, then it will transform the atmosphere,” he said.

The launching programme was jointly organized by the government through the Ministry of National Unity and Reconciliation and the Solomon Islands Christian Association SICA; a body representing the mainline churches in Solomon Islands.