17 January, 2006

Army And Government Agree To Work Together

Summarised from articles in the Fiji Times and Fiji TV News Coverage The army commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, and the Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, met yesterday in talks mediated by the Vice President, Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi. In his media release the Vice President said that there was a "frank exchange of views between the military and the Government and both parties recognised the need to put the national interest first". In the talks, Mr Qarase has agreed to have regular discussions with the army. The army commander has also agreed not to make comments in the media without first communicating his views to the Government. Ratu Joni said that "it is critical that elements in the Government and the military exercise circumspection and discretion in their dealings with each other at all times".

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Comment put on Suva Forum under Trip Advisor's website :

Dear Snappie - here the text of a press release from the Fiji Visitors Bureau dated 17 Jan.
"In the spirit of goodwill and reconciliation the Honourable Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase and the Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Voreqe Bainimarama agreed to work together towards reasonable solutions to mutual concerns, during a meeting with the country’s Acting President Ratu Jone Madraiwiwi.
Both recognized the need to put the national interest first, which further re-enforces previous statements by both the Army and the Government that there is no threat to national security and that visitors to Fiji were totally safe.
The meeting further strengthened the democratic process by highlighting the importance of negotiation and not confrontation. Both parties agreed to re-establish regular channels of communications.
Media speculation of a possible coup has proven to be totally unfounded, and it is hoped that future reports of instability will be grounded on more accurate information."
I have traded thru about 4 so-called coups and there has never been any interruption to the guest experience or any danger. This is basically just stuff that happens in Suva and I frankly wouldn't hesitate to go there at any time. Henry Crawford - Proprietor Vatulele