17 May 2007

Fiji's CCF says proposed National Council could provide long-term solutions to problems

4:31 pm on 17 May 2007

The Citizen's Constitutional Forum in Fiji, or CCF, says the proposed National Council could provide long term solutions to the problems facing the country.

The CCF's executive director, the Reverend Akuila Yabaki, says this is necessary due to the race-based politics and policies which have created divisions within Fiji.

He says setting up a National Council, which will be drawn from civil society, the private sector and members of the interim administration, will help identify the problems and discuss possible ways to move forward.

The Reverend Yabaki says there has been too much focus on short term solutions and returning the country to democracy, without addressing the underlying issues.

"It's all very well to get back to the next election, which the New Zealand government and the Australian government is trying to encourage, that's all very well. But, the question is how do you examine the roots of what is the coup culture, what is the way that you could govern a country where you do not have a kind of almost natural return to the coup to move forward."

The Reverend Akuila Yabaki.