NO MORE COUPS, SAYS FIJI MILITARY

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (August 3, 2001 – Fiji’s Daily Post/FijiLive)---The military has given assurance that they will not be backing any more coups in the country.

Speaking at seminar on Reconstructing Race Relations - Fiji in the New Millennium, legal adviser to the military Lt. Col. Etueni Caucau agreed that the military had to redeem its reputation locally.

He admitted that the military had backed 1987 coup leader Sitiveni Rabuka but refused to do so when George Speight took over Parliament in May 2000.

Lt. Col. Caucau was responding to some panelists who said they had lost faith in the military and its impartiality, especially with respect to the Indian community.

Lt. Col. Caucau said there needs to be a change in culture in the army, from its traditional role to a more society oriented one focused on nation building.

"The army has learned a lot from the events of 1987 and May 2000 and is now committed to ensuring that such events are not repeated," he said.

The military is an equipment based institution and one of the reasons the army performs superbly in overseas missions is because of the high quality of equipment the army is exposed to on such missions.

The manifestos launched by different political parties was comforting, he said.

The seminar, organized by the Human Rights Commission, will end today.

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