RETIRED FIJI DIPLOMAT ALI REJECTS OUTGOING BRITISH ENVOY'S COMMENTS

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (September 21, 2000 – Radio Australia)---A retired senior civil servant and Fiji diplomat has rejected Britain's position that it should not be held responsible for the ethnic conflict between indigenous Fijians and Indo-Fijians.

Britain's outgoing High Commissioner in Fiji, Michael Dibbens, who is returning to London today, said his government ceased to be responsible for the affairs of Fiji when the island nation gained its independence in 1970.

But, Dr. Ahmed Ali, who was Fiji's first High Commissioner to Malaysia, told Radio Fiji that Britain is obligated to address problems it created during its colonial administration.

He said the British government is also obligated to assist the Indo-Fijian community, whose forefathers were brought to Fiji to work as indentured laborers.

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