Re: You can't use law and order to solve traditional conflicts!
Liberal Posted Aug 1, 2002 4:13 PM
You have valid point. If there is a problem between two Kerema's you can't bring in a Tolai to fix it the Tolai way. What the Tolai would do is ask what the Kerema custom is in relation to that type of dispute. Similarly, you cannot take the Engligh or Australian way of problem solving and impose it on Engans. The reason is that the foreign concept of problem solving does not deal with the core issues and the root causes between the parties. Consequently, any foreign imposed method of law and order must have the capacity to achieve and sustain over a long period of time. If no such capacity exist, as in our case, the best option to is to let the parties solve their own disputes. Where necessary, the government may be used to facilitate such peace processes.