15 Dec 2005

Warning in Fiji that the interests of mahogany landowners must be treated with urgency

8:33 pm on 15 December 2005

A Fiji senator has warned of revolutionary repercussions if the rights and interests of indigenous mahogany landowners are not treated with urgency.

Radio Fiji reports that the warning has come from Labour Party senator, Ratu Dr Epeli Nailatikau.

Senator Nailatikau says the unjust treatment of mahogany landowners must not be allowed to continue.

Otherwise, he warned, the common people will one day revolt and the course of history will change because the people will always win.

Senator Nailatikau says the indications of revolution and lessons from history are being ignored.

Government senator Adi Litia Cakobau has also questioned the commitment of the state-owned Fiji Hardwood Corporation Limited to indigenous landowners of the mahogany forests.

Adi Litia says the company has no clear vision for harvesting, processing and marketing of mahogany which has given rise to many landowner frustrations.