2 Nov 2006

Fiji police commissioner says situation in Suva not comfortable

9:01 am on 2 November 2006

Fiji's Police Commissioner says the police are still in control of law and order in the country's capital, Suva, but it's not a comfortable situation.

Yesterday morning the army seized a seven-and-a-half tonne consignment of ammunition at gunpoint from Suva's wharves and took the consignment back to their barracks.

Commissioner Andrew Hughes says eventually the soldiers will be investigated and prosecuted, but now is not the appropriate time for that.

"A it will be foolish and B it will be provocative or perceived by them to be provocative, they are in no mood for adherence to ordinary procedures that demonstrate the last 24 hours."

Fiji's Police Commissioner, Andrew Hughes.

The Prime Minister, Helen Clark, says officials are keeping an eye on the situation and New Zealanders there could be advised to leave at short notice.