1 Jun 2005

Fiji military to be present in parliament again over bill

3:59 pm on 1 June 2005

The Fiji military says it will take further steps in its opposition to the government's controversial Reconciliation and Unity bill.

More than 20 senior military offices sat silently in the parliamentary public gallery as a protest when the bill was tabled this week, and the military spokesman, Captain Neumi Leweni, says they'll be there again tomorrow for the second reading.

A reliable source says the military plan to ask the president to veto the bill by refusing to sign it although Captain Leweni declined to confirm this was a strategy.

He says they're seeking a meeting with the minister of home affairs, Josefa Vosanibola, to outline what they'll be doing.

"The military will let the minister know of the military's strategies, of the steps that we will take, and after that, then we will be able to inform the public of those steps or those procedures that the military is planning on taking."

Fiji military spokesman, Neumi Leweni.