31 Jul 2009

Fiji Methodists permitted to meet to discuss re-format of conference

3:18 pm on 31 July 2009

The Fiji Methodist Church's Standing Committee has been permitted to meet today to discuss changing the format of the annual conference.

The interim government has banned the conference, scheduled for the end of next month, on the grounds that it's been politically hijacked.

The church's deputy general secretary says the meeting was permitted because it's being led by a former church president, Reverend Laisiasa Ratabacaca.

Reverend Tevita Banivanua says the church has assured the interim Prime Minister and the Military Council that the Standing Committee will be discussing options to replace the format of the conference.

He says altering the format includes holding it at a venue other than Rewa, where it is meant to be held.

Reverend Banivanua says the church has also given an assurance of its support of the interim government's efforts to take the country forward.

He says the conference needs to go ahead because the church has matters other than recent events in Fiji that it must discuss.