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PACIFIC MEDIA WATCH Annandale, Australia

By Jillian Hicks

SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 9, 1999 - Fiji Times/Pacific Nius/Niuswire)---The Soqosoqo Ni Vakavulewa Ni Taukei Party has been told by Fiji’s state-run Island Networks Corporation, Ltd. that it owes the radio station $16,000.

But party secretary Ema Druavesi said the SVT was willing to pay the debt only if supporting documents were provided by the company.

Mrs. Druavesi said the debt had to be confirmed before any payment was to be made.

Finance Minister and SVT treasurer Jim Ah Koy said if there was a debt, it had to be corroborated and documents must be produced.

He said only then would the party acknowledge the debts that have been speculated about in the media.

"At this stage we have no confirmation and we need some proof before we pay the debt," he said.

"I am not saying that we do not owe them money.

"We just need proof, and if we do owe them money, we will clear it."

Mr. Ah Koy said that he had no knowledge of the debt because he was not the party treasurer at the time the debt was incurred (the 1994 general election).

Title -- 2038 FIJI: Ruling party owes radio $16,000 Date -- 9 April 1999 Byline -- Jillian Hicks Origin -- Pacific Media Watch Source -- Fiji Times, 9/4/99 Copyright – FT Status -- Unabridged

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