2 Feb 2004

Fiji military commander moves to still fears over instability

7:23 am on 2 February 2004

Fiji's military commander has allayed fears of instability by saying that there is no cause for a clash between the government and armed forces.

Following the renewal of his term as military commander last week, Commodore Bainimarama has told the Sunday Times that the issue is now " water under the bridge" and there is no cause for any fear.

He says the great interest shown in Fiji by investors says a lot about the stability of the nation and the military's role in helping restore it since the coup.

On whether the military is the only body capable of ensuring the Fiji stays on a constitutional path, Commodore Bainimarama says the military's role is clearly stipulated in the constitution and there is no question about it.

Commodore Bainimarama says the military plans a responsible role in national development and its future plans include the improvement of equipment to properly monitor the security of the nation.

The Chairman of Fiji's Great Council of chiefs, Ratu Epeli Ganilau, has welcomed the Commodore's re-appointment, saying his performance has been excellent.