14 Sep 2012

Fiji political veteran tells constitution commission retention of military vital

5:13 pm on 14 September 2012

Former Fiji politician and diplomat, Sir James Ah Koy, has told the Constitution Commission that the military should never be disbanded.

In his 62-page submission, Sir James says Fiji must always have a constitutionally prescribed and named security force, comprising police, army and navy with all of its various branches and divisions.

He said Fiji had been blessed to inherit from former colonial masters, Britain, a military that is well trained in warfare and security.

The Fiji Times reports Sir James saying peacekeeping around the world is big business and has been a major foreign-exchange earner for Fiji and this is another reason the military should be retained.