30 Sep 2004

Fiji military commander warns country is under threat from many quarters

10:31 am on 30 September 2004

Fiji's military commander has warned that the country is under threat from international terrorism, inter-ethnic nationalism and globalised crime.

The Daily Post quotes Commodore Frank Bainimarama as saying that since the September 11, 2001 attacks, terrorists have left scenes of death and destruction around the world with complete disregard to people's right to life.

Commodore Bainimarama says to think that Fiji is isolated and too small to be targetted is naïve and bordering on ignorance.

He also warned of the forces of inter-ethnic nationalism as seen during the 2000 Fiji coup and the danger from globalised transnational crime.

Commodore Bainimarama says the destructive nature of these forces upon the state will tax the professionalism of the security forces to the full and call for a level of dedication to duty that is unprecedented.

Commodore Bainimarama was speaking at the Police Remembrance Day parade where he praised those who did their duty during the coup without siding with the rebels.