6 Jun 2005

Fiji's military says it won't reveal details of discussions over controversial Reconciliation Bill

6:49 am on 6 June 2005

Fiji's military say's it won't give detailed comment about the Government's Reconciliation and Unity Bill following top level talks over the controversial legislation.

The military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama and the police commissioner, Andrew Hughes, have met with the Home Affairs Minister, Josefa Vosanibola to voice their concerns over the bill.

A military spokesman, Captain Neumi Leweni, says the military told Mr Vosanibola what it would do should the government push ahead with the bill.

"Basically they had informed him of their concerns in regards to the Reconciliation and Unity Bill. In their discussion it was mentioned to the Minister that the Military will refrain from talking about these issues now and it's up to the Minister to disclose to the media and members of the public whatever was discussed."

Captain Leweni had said the military wouldn't wait for the bill to become law before they took action.

It has publicly condemned the bill, saying it's a threat to national security and the stability of Fiji.