31 May 2007

PCRC says any extension of Fiji's state of emergency would be concerning

1:52 pm on 31 May 2007

Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, is expected to announce this afternoon whether the Public Emergency Regulations will be extended.

The emergency regulations, which limit certain constitutional rights and freedoms, end today.

The Pacific Concerns Resource Centre says it would view any extension with alarm and concern.

The director of the Suva-based centre, Tupou Vere, says if the interim administration does extend the public emergency regulations, it would be reneging again on its commitments to the European Union.

The EU had given Fiji until the end of May to lift its state of emergency or face sanctions.

Ms Vere says there is no good reason for an extension.

"We do not see any external threat in this country and we've said this before - the threat is, so long as the military remains in the interim administration and continues to dictate on what is taking place, they themselves are the threat to security in the country."

Tupou Vere.

Both the interim attorney-general and the head of the EU delegation in Suva were unavailable to comment on the situation.