1 Jun 2007

Fiji interim PM asks critics to react to end of emergency rule

5:43 pm on 1 June 2007

Fiji's interim prime minister says the administration has done its part in lifting the emergency regulations and it is now time for foreign countries and others who have criticised them to act.

Radio Legend quotes Commodore Frank Bainimarama as saying the interim administration has briefed members of foreign diplomatic missions and he hopes there is a change of heart about travel advisories and sanctions.

Commodore Bainimarama says lifting the emergency regulations was one of the conditions for the lifting of adverse advisories.

He admits there could be an upsurge in crime but adds that those who were pushing for the lifting of the regulations can afford good security systems and fences, so Fiji citizens are left on their own.

Commodore Bainimarama also says he had a meeting with the local business community today and there was very positive feedback on the lifting of emergency regulations.