3 Aug 2009

Fiji's interim government keeps door open to Methodist Church

7:09 pm on 3 August 2009

The Methodist Church has agreed to focus on its own internal divisions in a bid for inclusion in the interim government's plans for Fiji's future.

The church has backed down on holding its annual conference in Rewa Province in defiance of a ban by the regime and will instead have an expanded committee meeting in Suva.

The deputy general secretary, the Reverend Tevita Banivanua, says the church has to clean its own house first but the interim government has indicated they are willing to talk.

"It does not mean that we are accepting what they are doing. It means that we are looking for other ways of expressing our own opinions to the government and it's good that they have said that door is now open."

Meanwhile, the church's president, general secretary and other church leaders still face court charges despite the cancellation of the conference.