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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Feb. 1) - Fiji’s military commander has reportedly tried to allay fears of instability in the country by saying that there is no cause for a clash between the government and armed forces.

Following the renewal of his term as military commander last week, Commodore Frank Bainimarama told the Sunday Times that the issue is now "water under the bridge" and there is no cause for any fear.

A recent war of words between Bainimarama and a top Fiji minister raised concerns of another possible military coup in Fiji.

Bainimarama said interest shown in Fiji by investors says a lot about the stability of the nation and the military’s role in helping restore it since the coup.

On whether the military is the only body capable of ensuring the Fiji stays on a constitutional path, Bainimarama says the military’s role is clearly stipulated in the constitution and there is no question about it.

Bainimarama says the military plans a responsible role in national development and its future plans include the improvement of equipment to properly monitor the security of the nation.

The Chairman of Fiji’s Great Council of chiefs, Ratu Epeli Ganilau, has welcomed the Commodore’s re-appointment, saying his performance has been excellent.

February 2, 2004

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