13 Jul 2002

Fiji police say they will deal firmly with disturbances during ACP meeting

9:31 am on 13 July 2002

Fiji's police commissioner has warned that any attempt to cause disturbances during next weeks summit of African, Caribbean and Pacific leaders in Nadi will be met with the full force of the law.

Colonel Isikia Savua says police have plans to counter all possible contingencies.

Col Savua's warning comes amid reports and rumours of disturbances by former soldiers who are members of the Fiji Peacekeepers Association and protests by several other groups.

In a rare development police providing security for the one thousand ACP delegates will be armed, while the army will be on standby to intervene if necessary.

Most delegates will begin arriving tomorrow but the Solomon islands prime minister, Sir Alan Kemakeza, flew in on Thursday night.