2 Feb 2005

Fiji looks to Britain for money to settle land claims dating back to colonial era

10:35 am on 2 February 2005

The Fiji government plans to lobby Britain to provide money to settle land claims arising from events during early colonial rule in the 19th century.

The Fiji Sun reports that this has been disclosed by the attorney general, Qoriniasi Bale.

Mr Bale was commenting on the setting up of an Indigenous Land Claims Tribunal to reduce the backlog of cases before the High Court.

Mr Bale says many indigenous Fijians feel that land was unjustifiably taken away from them.

He says solutions would include compensation payouts which is where British money would come in.

Fiji's Land Claims Tribunal is modelled on the Maori Land Claims Tribunal in New Zealand.