19 Jul 2014

Fiji's SODELPA wants army reconciliation

8:38 am on 19 July 2014

The leader of Fiji's SODELPA party, Ro Teimumu Kepa, says it's time for reconciliation between the army and the people.

Fiji Live reports Ro Teimumu Kepa made the statements while launching the party's manifesto.

She says there's a need to work together to ensure a coup-free future and a new relationship needs to be built between the people and the military.

Ro Teimumu Kepa says the first step in the healing would be to establish a reconciliation commission, headed by an independent international jurist.

She says this will give the people and the army an opportunity to say what went wrong and will be based on the principles of restorative justice, forgiveness and mercy.

She says the commision would also carry out a comprehensive review of the military's operations and role, and consult its leadership on the terms of reference.

Ro Teimumu Kepa, Fiji's SODELPA leader

Ro Teimumu Kepa, Fiji's SODELPA leader Photo: RNZ / Republika