11 Apr 2003

Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs endorses army warning to politicians

8:17 am on 11 April 2003

The Chairman of Fiji's great Council of Chiefs, Ratu Epeli Ganilau, has warned that the country cannot afford any more coups and bloodshed.

The Daily Post says Ratu Epeli made the statement in support of an earlier staement by the military commander to politicians to watch their public utterances.

Commodore Frank Bainimarama was reported to have told politicians this week that some of them were trying to create instability by their statements which could not be justified.

Ratu Epeli, himself the former military commander, has backed Commodore Bainimarama, saying politicians had already done enough damage to the country which could not sustain any more coups and bloodshed.

He says the army commander's warning must be treated seriously because he had valid reasons for coming out strongly against some politicians.

Ratu Epeli said the Great Council of Chiefs stood for law and order and would not condone any act that threatened the nation.