BRITAIN'S DUKE OF YORK ARRIVES IN FIJI THIS WEEKEND

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (November 20, 1998 - Radio Australia)---Britain's Duke of York, Prince Andrew, arrives in Fiji tomorrow for a five day official visit.

Radio Australia correspondent Karan Pillay reports from Suva that it is the first visit by a member of the British monarchy in 15 years:

"Prince Edward, the youngest son, was the last member of the British royal family to visit Fiji way back in 1983.

"The visit by his elder brother Prince Andrew is being seen by many as the monarchy's acknowledgement of the political changes in Fiji, including the enactment of a new constitution this year and its readmission to the Commonwealth last year.

" Fiji broke its links with the monarchy when it was declared a Republic in 1987 after the military coups.

"The government believes it's an opportune time to re-establish links with the Crown. Last week the President, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, told a provincial meeting that the time was right for Fiji to revert back to the Crown, with Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State.

"Prince Andrew will be met by Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka on arrival, and he'll be given a Fijian ceremonial welcome in Suva later in the day.

"Karan Pillay, Suva."

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