16 Jul 2005

Fiji's National Security Council to convene over purported military threat

8:20 am on 16 July 2005

Fiji's National Security Council will meet next week to discuss an alleged threat by the military to remove the government is it passes its Reconciliation and Unity Bill.

Radio Legend reports that this has been confirmed by the home affairs minister, Josefa Vosanibola, who says he has discussed the issue with the prime minister, Laisenia Qarase.

Mr Vosanibola says he hopes some amicable solution is reached because he has an open door policy and has been inviting the military commander to come and discuss the issues with him.

But Mr Vosanibola said he could not confirm whether Commodore Bainimarama, who is a member of the National Security Council, will attend the meeting next week.

Commodore Bainimarama recently revealed that he has not been invited to attend any meetings of the National Security Council for the last three years.