14 Mar 2012

No change in role of Fiji military during constitutional process says commander

2:06 pm on 14 March 2012

Fiji's Land Force Commander says the role of the military won't change during the formulation of a new constitution.

Last week, Fiji's military government announced a consultation process to draw up a replacement for the 1997 constitution, which the regime abolished three years ago.

The announcement prompted a call by an NGO for United Nations help to decide on the military's long-term role and size, something Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga says Fiji as a sovereign nation will determine.

"Has New Zealand allowed the UN to come and determine what kind of military force it should have? What kind of armament it should have? What kind of equipment that it can hold? Has Australia or any other country for that matter asked the UN to come and determine the size of the military force that they have? That never happens."

Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga says the role the military plays now in Fiji is exactly the same as that of the New Zealand military.