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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, August 3) – A group of landowners in Ba in Fiji’s west have lifted the blockade of a cane railway line they put in place over three weeks ago.

Fiji Broadcasting Company Limited reports the landowners of Sorokoba agreed to follow an order from the Lautoka High Court after a meeting yesterday between the Fiji Sugar Corporation and the Native Lands Trust Board.

However, the spokesman for the landowners, Samuela Kautoga, said the issue remained to be resolved.

Lautoka High Court judge Justice John Connors has extended an injunction order sought by the Sugar Cane Growers Council until tomorrow afternoon.

Lawyers for the Fiji Sugar Corporation and the Native Land Trust Board informed Justice Connors yesterday that serious negotiations were taking place to resolve the issue.

Justice Connors has adjourned the case tomorrow when he will hear what progress has been made in the talks and ordered the landowners not to block the railway line.

[PIR editor’s note: The blockade removal follows yesterday’s request by Prime Minister Qarase asking the landowners to abide by the Court order.]

August 3, 2006


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