4 Dec 2003

Fiji academic says Fiji's leaders have failed to produce answers to the country's problems

9:25 am on 4 December 2003

A Fiji church academic says the country's prime minister and the Labour Party leader have both failed to provide solutions to the nation's problems.

The Daily Post reports that Dr Russell Daye of the Pacific Theological College made the comment at a public lecture in Suva last night.

Dr Daye says the two leaders are not doing much to achieve national reconciliation between the two races after the coups of 1987 and 2000.

He says the reason is that both have set themselves apart through dialogue based on racial lines.

Dr Daye says a model of reconciliation based on truth telling, apology and the claiming of responsibility, justice building and healing could be used to repair a post-conflict country such as Fiji.

He also says that in a country which has had three coups in less than 15 years, there is a great danger of creating a culture of coups and that deterrent measures are invaluable.

Sitiveni Rabuka, who carried out the two military coups of 1987, said he would identify exactly with what Dr Daye was talking about because without an apology for the wrong he had done in 1987, he would not be the person he is today.