FIJI LANDS MINISTER LALABALAVU FINALLY GETS U.S. VISA

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (June 9, 2002 - Fiji Times/PINA Nius Online)---Fiji Lands Minister Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu has now been given an American visa so he can attend a mining and mineral resources development seminar in Washington.

Ratu Naiqama had earlier said his visa was rejected and the issue was being discussed between the governments.

The problem was understood to be his alleged connections with the Matanitu Vanua party, and its support for May 2000 Fiji coup front man George Speight.

Jioji Kotobalavu, permanent secretary in the prime minister's office, denied that Ratu Naiqama had been refused a visa.

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