16 Feb 2005

Fiji PM and military commander urged to seek go-between to quell row

3:07 pm on 16 February 2005

An Opposition MP in Fiji says the head of the armed forces and the head of the government should agree on a go-between to solve their long-running dispute.

The prime minister is engaged in a fresh row with Commodore Frank Bainimarama about overspending, the recall of the deserter, Lt Col Filipo Tarakinikini, and the removal of the prime minister's security detail.

MP Mick Beddoes agrees with a call this week by the police commissioner, Andrew Hughes, for the commander and prime minister to meet in private.

"This is a matter that requires the prime minister and the commander to go for a walk somewhere, sit down, and, face-to-face, lay their cards on the table, and thrash the matter out and come to an understanding."

Mr Beddoes says if the two men can't reach a compromise in a private meeting, then an intermediary should be found.

The home affairs ministry wasn't available for comment.