1 Oct 2007

Former Fiji PM says early coups motivated by ethno-nationalist agenda

11:12 am on 1 October 2007

The former Fiji prime minister, Sitiveni Rabuka, who carried out the country's first two military coups in 1987, says he agrees with the current interim prime minister's assessment of those coups.

Commodore Bainimarama told the United Nations General Assembly at the weekend that the 1987 and 2000 coups were motivated by an ethno-nationalist, racist supremacy agenda.

Mr Rabuka has told the Fiji Times that in a book written in 1999 he had named the people who knew about the coups before he carried them out.

He says the leaders of the then Alliance Party were the ones who knew what he was doing.

Mr Rabuka said when he wanted to put the Alliance Party leader and former prime minister Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara's name in the book, he was warned he would be sued for defamation but that did not happen when the book was published.

Mr Rabuka says the military was used by people in the background for their own ends.