World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Solomon SICA says church should visit Weathercoast

Solomon Islands SICA says church leaders should visit Weathercoast region

The general secretary of the Solomon Islands Christian Association, or SICA, says a visit by church leaders could reduce some of the tension on the Weathercoast region of Guadalcanal.

The Reverend Philemon Riti was speaking after a deputy special co-ordinator at the Regional Assistance Mission, or RAMSI, visited the Weathercoast and said the effects of years of ethnic tension is still being felt and reconciliation is urgently needed.

Reverend Riti says with people turning against their own neighbours during the tension, there needs to be a proper reconciliation.

He says work is continuing to prepare the way for proper peace to be achieved but there’s still a long way to go.

“I believe very strongly that the heads of the churches should have a time to go and visit the Weathercoast and talk to people. Our presence there would be very important, very significant because people really are respecting the church leaders more than anybody else, apart from the chiefs in the villages.”

The Reverend Philemon Riti.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news