9 Mar 2005

Fiji military chief says coup culture must be eradicated

11:15 am on 9 March 2005

Fiji's military commander says the culture of coups must be eradicated if the country is to move forward.

Commodore Frank Bainimarama has told Radio Legend that the military is doing its best to ensure that people realise that the whole country suffers in a coup.

Commodore Bainimarama says since the 2000 coup, the military's public relations teams have been visiting people in rural areas and outer islands to ensure they are not mislead in the future.

He says this is an ongoing exercise 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the message that the military "does not want a repetition of the events of 2000."

Commodore Bainimarama says the nation must know that the military "is right behind the police in matters of national security if anything untoward happens."

He says in everything the military does, its message to the people is that "they must follow the rule of law and not engage in any unlawful activity."