8 May 2002

Fiji diplomatic nominations run into problems

5:11 pm on 8 May 2002

The leader of Fiji's United General party says it's not surprising the government is running into problems in its political appointments to other countries.

Mick Beddoes was commenting after Britain rejected both Adi Samanunu Cakobau and Ratu Inoke Kubuabola for the post of high commissioner in London.

There's also been criticism of the decision to appoint Ratu Tevita Momoedonu as ambassador to Japan.

Mr Beddoes says it's not yet clear how involved these people were in the coup which is causing the problem.

"Unfortunately, these appointments are being made while there's still a lot of uncertainty about who was involved, to what extent, in the events of May 2000. I understand that the British Government not back to previous appointments because of that factor, and I don't think that Government is doing themselves or the country any good, by trying to rush these appointments."

The government is now waiting for Britain to make a decision on its third nominee, Bau chief, Ratu Tuakitau Cokanauto.