SECRECY DAYS OVER IN FIJI, SAYS ADI KUINI

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (May 28, 1999 - Fiji Daily Post/Pasifik Nuis/Nuiswire)---Fiji's new Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Fijian Affairs, Adi Kuini Vuikaba Speed, has promised more transparency in meetings of the Bose Levu Vakaturaga (Great Council of Chiefs).

She said gone were the days when the meeting was shrouded in secrecy.

"I don't see any reason why it was so secret as many times papers of the meeting were leaked to the media by members," the Minister for Fijian Affairs said.

She said, from now on the media would be allowed in to take pictures during the opening of meetings and a press conference would be called for after the meeting.

"The Great Council is the highest institution in the country and whatever it discusses is of public interest, and I personally believe [the public] should be informed through the media."

Mrs. Speed said the press conference would be conducted through the new chairman, the permanent secretary and the secretary of the Great Council.

The minister confirmed that next week's meeting would appoint a new chairman and its appointments to the Senate.

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