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SUVA, Fiji (Fiji TV, Dec. 6) – [Former Fiji Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry has been identified as a follower of controversial religious leader Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who yesterday was denied entry to Fiji.]

In a correspondence obtained by One National News, some prominent Fiji politicians have been revealed to be associated with Reverend Moon's Universal Peace Federation. Listed as Fiji Ambassadors for Peace Committee are the Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry and Paula Sotutu the senate President; Taito Waqavakatoga is listed as President; Ratu Filimone Ralogaivau as vice president; and a Dharma Nand as secretary.

And in his capacity as the opposition leader Mr. Chaudhry has lashed out at Government for refusing to allow Reverend Moon and his wife to enter Fiji.

Mr. Chaudhry says Moon wasn't a terrorist or a criminal to be treated in this manner especially given his commitment to the International Interreligious Federation for World Peace.

He added the incident also denied Fiji followers the freedom of association and assembly.

The Interreligion Federation for World Peace has expressed its disappointment with the Fiji government' decision, saying the Fiji authorities have made a mistake.

Employees at the Sheraton Resorts Fiji, meanwhile, were busy setting up the ballroom ahead of tonight's opening ceremony.

Moon, who was expected to arrive this morning, was denied entry while he was in Samoa yesterday.

Organizers have been forced to bring in a substitute speaker; the programme will however gone on without the initial chief guest.

Several local ambassadors will be chosen after tonight's function to foster a unified world of peace.

December 7, 2005

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