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".