11 Dec 2006

Palau condemns Fiji coup

4:20 pm on 11 December 2006

Palau has condemned the Fiji coup.

Palau's chief of staff, Billy Kuartei, says for President Tommy Remengesau this is a major setback for Fiji.

Mr Kuartei says the situation in Fiji is disturbing and does not bode well for other Pacific countries.

"The president expressed condemnation as to what has happened because we had agreed to solve whatever problem we face in an amicable solution or way and so this was like a slap on the democratic process."

Billy Kuartei says that all Palauans in Fiji have been advised to return home until the situation in Fiji is resolved.