16 Feb 2005

Fiji ex-army opposition senator offers to broker talks between army and PM

8:38 pm on 16 February 2005

An opposition senator and former senior army officer in Fiji says he will ask the head of the armed forces if he can broker one-to-one talks with the head of the government.

Commodore Frank Bainimarama and Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase have been arguing about overspending, coup investigations and the withdrawal of the Prime Minister's military bodyguards.

The Labour party senator, Doctor Epeli Nailatikau says he can provide a link between army man and politician.

"In fact I've been thinking of calling in to see the commander as well, you know, maybe going to the camp. Maybe this week or next week, I'll sit down with the commander, just to pay my respects and give my views. I could ask him, you know, I could be a point in between them, and you know, bring the two together to reconcile, you know."

The Fiji Labour party senator, Doctor Epeli Nailatikau, says the military is keen to see coup investigations continue.

But he adds he's sad to see the conviction on coup-related charges of what he calls his 'cousin' in the senate, Ratu Inoke Takiveikata.