28 Oct 2006

EU monitoring Fiji after army calls on government to resign

6:36 am on 28 October 2006

The European Union says it is closely monitoring the situation in Fiji because of calls by the military for the government to resign.

A statement from the EU Council says the government formed by the prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, after the May elections has full democratic legitimacy as well a large majority support.

The statement says the EU strongly believes that in a democracy, the military must be subordinate to the elected civilian leadership and should in no way attempt to involve itself in politics.

The European Union has urged all parties in Fiji to refrain from any action which may increase tension and stability of Fiji.

But the military says the mere fact that the EU has endorsed the general election does not mean the government is adhering to good governance and just policies.

The spokesman, Major Neumi Leweni, says the military will not change its stand.