6 Dec 2004

Fiji's military says it will take any necessary action if there is a hint of political violence

7:20 am on 6 December 2004

Fiji's military has warned that it is keeping a close watch on any hint of political violence and will take the necessary action to curb it.

The commander, Commodore Bainimarama, issued the warning in response to attacks on the military by the attorney general, Qoriniasi Bale, and others.

The Sunday Times quotes Commodore Bainimarama as saying the military is not interested in making political statements, but has the right to speak out on issues concerning national security.

Commodore Bainimarama said the military's main concern is to discourage political violence, ensure justice and rule of law, and "contain" the rise of racial arrogance stemming from the May 2000 coup.

He said within days, he would issue a statement on why the premature release of the jailed former vice president Seniloli was a threat to national security.

President Iloilo, in his capacity as commander-in-chief of the military, met with Commodore Bainimarama at the weekend and is reported to have informed him of who he will nominate for the vice presidency.

Meanwhile, the President's Office has denied that it is being pressured by the Prime Minister's Office to nominate three names for the vacant position, one of which is reported to be the high commissioner to Malaysia, Adi Samanunu Talakuli Cakobau