CONCERN OVER U.S. DELAY IN APPROVING BOLE AMBASSADORIAL APPOINTMENT

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 22, 2001 – FijiLive)---The Fiji government has questioned why it is taking so long for the United States to approve its ambassadorial appointment.

Senior politician Filipe Bole was nominated to be Fiji's ambassador to Washington four weeks ago.

Jioji Kotobalavu, the permanent secretary in the Prime Minister's Office, told the Fiji Times it was possible the United States was deliberately delaying the appointment.

"One wonders why it is taking so long," Kotobalavu said. "If it is a case of deliberately withholding consent, then we may have to reciprocate. Their man (Osman) Siddique will not be here forever. We will wait patiently, but there will come a time when it is either or."

Bole is also eyeing the August elections and is likely to stand for the SVT [Soqosoqo ni Vakavulewa ni Taukei] in Suva.

The senior politician was nominated by the Fiji government after it became clear very few others would pass the stringent requirements of the U.S. after the May 19 attempted coup.

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