5 Nov 2007

Fiji military boss rejects claim of army split

11:19 am on 5 November 2007

Fiji's interim prime minister and military commander has rejected suggestions of a split in the army, saying its unity is as solid as a rock.

Commodore Frank Bainimarama made the comment on Radio Legend as the police and military investigate an alleged conspiracy to assassinate him, members of his interim cabinet and some senior military officers.

Commodore Bainimarama says those who want to destabilise the country will always fail as the military does not want to return to the events of 1987, May 2000 and the army mutiny of that year.

He says he knows that a number of people are still targetting him to take over power but the military does not want to return to discriminatory policies and racism.

Commodore Bainimarama says they have forgotten that behind him is an institution of 4,000 soldiers who are solid as a rock and who are ready to die for what they believe in.

He says any conspiracy would not be about just him, but an institution of 4,000 troops.

Commodore Bainimarama says there will not be a repeat of what happened in 2000 as senior officers no longer have ulterior motives to oust him for personal gain.