27 Apr 2007

Fiji paramount chief calls for consultation over GCC suspensions

9:59 am on 27 April 2007

A paramount chief and deposed minister in Fiji's ousted government is questioning the interim administration's decision to suspend the Great Council of Chiefs and review the Fijian Affairs Act under which it is set up.

The Fiji Times reports that the questions are coming from the paramount chief of Burebasaga Confederacy and Rewa Province, Ro Teimumu Kepa, after the appointment of a team to review the membership of the Great Council.

Ro Teimumu says issues which affect the indigenous Fijian people and their institutions need wide consultations as had been done in the past.

She says the administration is eroding the Fijian establishment, and the Great Council of Chiefs is something the Fijian people hold dear.

Ro Teimumu says if the European Union, the United Nations and the Eminent Persons Group recognize the Great Council of Chiefs, then she cannot understand what the interim prime minister and the interim minister for Fijian affairs are doing.

Meanwhile, the former chairman of the Great Council, Ratu Ovini Bokini, has confirmed that he has received a letter suspending him.