5 Nov 2006

Fiji's PM says decision to change legislation not a back-down to military threats

11:33 pm on 5 November 2006

Fiji's prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, says his decision to change government legislation does not mean he's backed down in the face of threats from the country's military.

Mr Qarase says he removed any mention of an amnesty for the perpetrators of a coup in 2000, from his Truth and Reconciliation Bill, because it would have been unconstitutional.

The military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, had threatened to force the government from office if it didn't drop two pieces of legislation.

Mr Qarase says he hopes to hold talks with the Commodore early this week.