16 January, 2006
The need to move on
Summarised from articles in the Fiji Times. The Army and Government will meet this week in talks to be mediated by the Vice President, Ratu Jone Madraiwiwi. The talks are aimed at sorting out long standing disagreements between the two parties. In the lead up to the talks, Fiji saw last week an attempt by another senior army officer, to dislodge the Army commander, Commodore Bainimarama. The senior army officer, Colonel Jone Baledrokadroka, who had just been appointed Land Force Commander, had rounded up a few other senior officers before approaching Commodore Bainimarama to cease his verbal attacks on Government. Colonel Baledrokadroka has since been sent on leave from the Army. Today calls have been made on the need to settle the on-going problems between the Army and Government. One of the provincial councils (there are 14 provinces in Fiji) today said that there was a need to go forward. The council chairman urged other provinces to make their views known. The Fiji Visitors Bureau has said that it will go ahead with television campaigns in Australia and New Zealand. The Bureau's chief executive said that although there was some anxiety in the industry, "holidaying in Fiji will not be affected". He has called on tourists to continue with holiday plans.