15 Feb 2008

Concerns in Fiji over proposed de-reservation of native land

11:05 am on 15 February 2008

A Fiji high chief has warned that any move by the interim regime to de-reserve native land will be a 'catastrophic mistake'

The proposed de-reservation of native land, which comprises almost 90 per cent of the Fiji land mass, is one of the major recommendations in a report by an Indian-based consultant to the Sugar Minister Mahendra Chaudhry last November.

Nadroga chief, Ratu Sakiusa Makutu told the Fijilive website that Fiji has found itself in the middle of a very traumatic period that is not only bringing the country to its knees, but tearing it apart.

The report's recommendations have also been challenged by the former ruling party the SDL.

The party's national director, Peceli Kinivuwai, told Fijilive land is close to the hearts of indigenous Fijians and must not be touched.