3 Jun 2009

Fiji regime stands firm on barring Methodist conference

9:28 pm on 3 June 2009

The Fiji military led regime says it will not drop its demand that the Methodist Church cancel its annual conference in August.

At the weekend the interim Government announced the annual event could not go ahead, claiming some Church members had tried to destabilise the country.

Church officials had been hoping to change the Government's stance but the interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has now met with the president of the Church, the Reverend Ame Tugaue, to explain that the decision would stand.

Commodore Bainimarama told Radio Tarana in Auckland the event has been postponed until next year.

"The decision is that we postpone the Methodist Church conference until next year. That is the final decision of the Government."