24 May 2007

Bainimarama criticises Vanuatu's foreign minister

10:24 am on 24 May 2007

Fiji's interim prime minister has hit out at Vanuatu's foreign minister, Sato Kilman, for his remarks that if Fiji does not play with other groups in the region, there is potential for the disintegration of the Pacific Forum.

Mr Kilman says people continue to report they have been roughed at the barracks and questioned the interim administration's timeline for elections.

The Fiji Sun quotes Commodore Frank Bainimarama as saying one should realize that the emergency regulations are still in place and people would continue to be taken to the barracks to be interviewed if they do not comply.

Commodore Bainimarama has also questioned Mr Kilman for making these remarks in New Zealand, adding that it appears someone there with an agenda is asking.

Commodore Bainimarama says people have to be pragmatic as Fiji will go into elections not because people want it to, but when it has found out the root causes of what led to December the 5th.

He says Fiji has to do what it thinks is right, not what Mr Kilman thinks is right.

Commodore Bainimarama says Mr Kilman should put his feet up and relax as he does not live in Fiji, the people of Fiji do.