19 Oct 2006

Fiji's military commander says army not interested in illegal overthrow of government

6:20 am on 19 October 2006

Fiji's military commander says the army is not interested in an illegal overthrow of the Qarase government.

Commodore Bainimarama has told the Fijilive website from Iraq, where he is visiting Fiji troops, that an illegal overthrow would mean violence and the army does not really want that.

Commodore Bainimarama said the army does not want or expect any violence, unless the prime minister and the attorney general take the military in that direction.

He said in that case Mr Qarase and Qoriniasi Bale should be held responsible for any bloodshed.

Commodore Bainimarama said the situation does not have to be illegal when it comes to the options the army has given the government - get rid of the controversial Bills or resign.

He was referring to the Qoliqoli and Reconciliation and Unity Bills.

Commodore Bainimarama said the military is committed to righting the wrong that has taken place in Fiji in the last five years and is going to get rid of the injustice to its people that is represented by these bills.