30 Nov 2006

Fiji military prepared to use force in event of foreign intervention

12:00 pm on 30 November 2006

Fiji's military says its full scale exercises in Suva overnight were about preparing soldiers to use force if there is any intervention in the country by foreign military troops.

Crisis talks yesterday between Fiji's Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, and the military chief, Commander Frank Bainimarama, broke up in Wellington without resolution.

The talks, brokered by the New Zealand government, were aimed at helping resolve the impasse between the two and averting another coup.

A spokesperson for the military, Major Neumi Leweni, says the exercise was in anticipation of any foreign intervention.

He says the military is prepared to use force if necessary.