27 Apr 2011

Fiji Methodist conference allowed to go ahead - for one day

8:42 am on 27 April 2011

The deputy general secretary of Fiji's Methodist Church says the interim government's allowing its annual conference to proceed this year - but only for one day.

Reverend Tevita Banivanua says for the past two years the the regime has prohibited the gathering under the Public Emergency Regulations imposed in April 2009.

He says while the church is grateful for permission to meet this August, it usually takes up to a week and a half to get through conference business.

"This is tabled for the 55 divisions and each of them has to give an account from their perspective and to cut it down to one, to one-day meeting, is just not possible."

Reverend Tevita Banivanua says the Public Emergency Regulations are the only remaining obstacle to the church being able to operate freely.

Fiji's Attorney General says they won't be lifted until local considerations have been addressed.