18 Jul 2005

Fiji Opposition leader urges government to seek accommodation with military

12:58 pm on 18 July 2005

Fiji's opposition leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, says the government must find an accommodation with the military over proposals that may grant amnesty to coup convicts.

The military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has been excluded from today's National Security Council meeting after purportedly threatening to remove the government.

The meeting's agenda is not known but there's been speculation that the fate of the commander may be discussed.

Mr Chaudhry says there's concern at the widening gulf between Fiji's political leadership and the head of the security forces.

He says the military is the guarantor of national security...

"...but this government seems to be completely ignoring the views of the military and the commissioner of police on this very crucial issue. I believe that is in the best interests of the nation that the government must find some accommodation with the military and the police on this issue. It is a Bill which is serving the political agenda of the current government, to release the terrorists that they're harbouring within their government."

Fiji's opposition leader, Mahendra Chaudhry.