9 Oct 2007

Fiji military dismisses new Australian travel advisory

10:33 am on 9 October 2007

Fiji's military has dismissed an Australian government advisory on the possibility of an outbreak of violence, civil unrest and bomb attacks in and around Suva.

A senior Fiji military officer whose battalion is responsible for security in the Greater Suva area, Lt Col Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara, has told the Fiji Times there is no threat at all unless the Australians are planning to invade Fiji.

Col Mara says they removed the Public Emergency Regulations last Saturday because there was no threat.

Col Mara said the Australian advisory was very irresponsible and shows that they don't understand Fiji.

The military spokesman, Lt Col Mosese Tikoitoga, has called on the Australian government to substantiate its claim, saying the military has not issued any warning.

The SDL party spokesman, Peceli Kinivuwai, says the party is not behind moves to stir up instability.

Mr Kinivuwai says that kind of irresponsible information will inflame the whole situation and the Australians should quote their sources if they want credibility.