9 Feb 2007

Fiji Church head admits stance on coup unclear

7:46 pm on 9 February 2007

The head of the Fiji Council of Churches and Assembly of Christian Churches says the Methodist's stance on the military coup has been contradictory.

The president and chair of the groups, Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu, says the Methodist Church will issue a fresh statement next week in a bid to clarify its position on the December 5th takeover.

The church's president, the Reverend Laisiasa Ratabacaca, has announced moves to closely monitor staff to ensure they don't bring disrepute to the church or cause instability in the country.

This came after some church officials released an unsigned statement in the church's name calling for President Iloilo to be medically examined and retired and for the interim Prime Minister to resign.

The Reverend Ratabacaca says the church will draw up a road map that could see all races in the country working together to help the interim government move forward.

But Reverend Waqairatu declined to elaborate on the church's stance.

"I think it's wise that we stop now. And that is to safeguard the contradictions made, if the president caused that, and that is his. But this to safeguard further contradictions."

Reverend Waqairatu has previously described the military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, as an architect of evil, and the coup as un-Christian.