19 Apr 2007

Fiji government changes mind over road barriers outside US Embassy

3:09 pm on 19 April 2007

In what he calls a gesture of solidarity, Fiji's interim prime minister has rescinded his order that the US Embassy in Suva remove security barriers blocking off the street where the mission is located.

Commodore Frank Bainimarama ordered the barriers to be removed by Friday, saying they denied taxpayers access to the street.

But in a new statement, Commodore Bainimarama says this week's shooting tragedy in Virginia has again driven home that external threats to national and personal security are very real and all need to work together to make the lives of people safe.

He says Fiji continues to be a friend of the United States regardless of the rhetoric and actions that have strained relations in the last few months.

Commodore Bainimarama says Fiji is together with the United States and other nations on the war on terror.

He says with that in mind and as a gesture of Fiji's solidarity with the United States at this time of national mourning, he has rescinded with immediate effect his earlier order that security barriers blocking off the street outside the Suva embassy be removed.