12 Nov 2003

Unnamed Fiji chiefs accused of being behind coups

8:45 am on 12 November 2003

Some of Fiji's chiefs have been accused of being behind the 1987 and 2000 coups.

Fiji TV says the accusation was made by one of Fiji's highest traditional chiefs, Adi Lady Lala Mara, the wife of the president deposed in the May 2000 coup, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara.

Opening a meeting of the great Council of Chiefs, Adi Lady Lala said the perpetrators of these events were greedy and were false prophets spreading uncertainty, threats and disharmony among the races in the country.

She did not name them but said chiefs should re-examine their role, especially in relation to promoting racial harmony in a multi-cultural nation like Fiji.

She said the coups had brought Fiji to its knees.