20 Oct 2006

Fiji's acting military commander backs Bainimarama's stand for govt to withdraw bills

5:38 am on 20 October 2006

Fiji's acting military commander, navy Captain Esala Teleni, has given full backing to Commodore Bainimarama's call on the government to withdraw the controversial Reconciliation and Unity Bill and the Qoliqoli Bill.

Captain Teleni has told Radio Legend that the military's public outbursts are merely an attempt to get the government to give serious consideration to their views.

He says they have exhausted all other avenues to get the authorities to listen.

Captain Teleni says Commodore Bainimarama is not invited to meetings of the National Security Council where he should be presenting the military's concerns.

He says people are not listening and the only way left for the military is to go to the media.

Captain Teleni says the military can foresee the negative impact of the two legislative bills and they will continue their efforts get the government to understand where the military is coming from.

He says there is no threat of instability in the country as the military has been voicing its concerns since before the elections.