NO SOLUTION IN SIGHT FOR FIJI CABINET STANDOFF

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Aug. 21) – Fiji lawyer Richard
Naidu says it appears difficult to get a quick resolution to the two-year
standoff over the make-up of the cabinet to make the government constitutional.

The prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, and the Fiji Labour Party
leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, are to meet again next week to work through their
disagreements on the matter.

Qarase has set an ultimatum for Chaudhry to present a list of
members of parliament to be included in the cabinet but Chaudhry is defying the
conditions.

Naidu says last month’s Supreme Court ruling on their dispute
cannot force a resolution.

"It seems that the continued distrust between the two
parties doesn't engender good faith; neither believes the other is acting in
good faith, so you just continue to have this position-taking, and we're not
making any progress accordingly."

August 22, 2003

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