13 Apr 2007

Fiji military to downgrade security at US embassy

4:57 pm on 13 April 2007

The Fiji military says it will remove the security measures placed around the United States Embassy in Suva.

Loftus Street has been cordoned off since 2001 following the September 11 attacks.

Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimara, told Fiji Times Online the American Embassy's security measures are denying the taxpayers access to the road.

The military spokesperson, Major Neumi Leweni, says it's time the security measures were removed.

"You tell me why, why shouldn't we remove it? We've just decided that their security situation is ok now and there shouldn't be any reason for the roads to be closed to the public. 9 secs."

Major Leweni says the security measures will be removed in due time, but he doesn't know when that will be.

He says the American Embassy has been informed.