30 Nov 2006

Fiji military warns off foreigners

3:13 pm on 30 November 2006

Fiji's military says the country can solve its own problems and doesn't want foreigners meddling in its affairs.

A military spokesman made the comment after troops in full battle gear carried out exercises overnight to secure Suva against the threat of foreign armed intervention.

Roadblocks and snap checkpoints were set up and the road along the Suva foreshore was closed to traffic as the military fired illumination rounds into the sea near Nukulau Island and the entrance to Suva harbour.

Spokesman Major Neumi Leweni says the exercise was a precautionary measure in anticipation of foreign intervention following the meeting of Pacific Forum foreign ministers in Sydney tomorrow.

Major Leweni says the military doesn't want a regional security force interfering.

"As far as we're concerned we are capable of dealing with with our own affairs and we don't want anyone interfering with the affairs of our nation."

The military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, would not be drawn on whether further talks were planned between him and the Prime Minster.