FIJI PRIME MINISTER RABUKA’S APOLOGY NOT ACCEPTED BY INDO-FIJIANS IN NEW ZEALAND

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (May 7, 1999 - PACNEWS/RNZI)---Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka’s public apology to Fiji’s Indo-Fijian community for the two military coups in 1987 has been rejected by the leader of Indo-Fijians living in New Zealand.

Rabuka recently apologized to the Indo-Fijian community but said it was too late to change the situation of the nearly 100,000 Indians who left Fiji after the coups.

Babu Gyan Singh, the General Secretary of Sanatan Dharam, the largest Hindu organization in New Zealand, says Rabuka should have apologized a long time ago.

"He has hit the nail right on the head by saying it is too late, which -- I would say -- that there is no remedy for it"

"This coup has happened and put ethnic Indians in an awkward situation. The Indian people will never forget that and they will never forgive Rabuka for doing that," Singh said.

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