FIJI ENVOY APOLOGIZES FOR BOUGAINVILLE FIASCO

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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Nov. 30) – Fiji has made a formal apology to the President of the Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville, after two of its former soldiers reportedly gave military training to rebels there.

Freddy Rokodi and Semi Baroi have been questioned in the capital, Port Moresby, after they were escorted by a Fiji diplomat on a flight back from Bougainville.

Bougainville Autonomous Government president Joseph Kabui says the second secretary at the Fiji High Commission, Emosi Rakai, promised to return to the province to bring the remaining six former Fiji soldiers.

"The second secretary, in a dinner that we hosted, certainly expressed a very profound regret and apologized for the activities of the Fijian citizens," president Kabui told Radio New Zealand.

He says the two Fijians confirmed while passing through Buka that they had given training to security men employed by the wanted U-Vistract investment scheme manager, Noah Musingku.

The Christian Mission Fellowship in Fiji would neither confirm nor deny reports that Rokodi was a member of the organization.

[PIR editor’s note: Acting Prime Minister Sir Moi Avei told reporters that the two – part of eight former Fiji Military Force officers allegedly engaged by Mr. Musingku on Bougainville to train security officers — could have breached Papua New Guinea immigration laws (see the story).]

December 1, 2005

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