12 Jan 2006

Fiji's acting president met with military to resolve impasse

4:38 pm on 12 January 2006

Fiji's government says a meeting aimed at ending its standoff with the military was held two days ago.

The news comes as the man who led the Pacific country's 1987 coups says Fiji is on the verge of another coup unless the government gets tough with military commander Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

Bainimarama earlier this week threatened to take power from the government of Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase for favouring indigenous nationalists in the racially divided country.

The office of Home Affairs Minister Josefa Vosanibola has said Bainimarama met Acting President Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi on Tuesday but the minister had not learned the outcome.

Mr Vosonibola told AAP what transpired at the meeting has not been disclosed but they expect to be informed of shortly.

Sitiveni Rabuka, a former military commander and prime minister who led the 1987 coups, told a New Zealand newspaper another coup could only be prevented if Qarase told Bainimarama who's boss.