MILITARY SAYS UN DOESN’T KNOW SITUATION

SUVA. Fiji (Fiji Times, Jan. 8) – Countries and world agencies calling for the reinstatement of the democratically elected government don't know the situation.

Military spokesman Major Neumi Leweni made the comment while reacting to a call by UN secretary general Ban-Ki-Moon for the reinstatement of the 'legitimate authority' and a return to democratic and constitutional rule.

"All we can say is that this is something for Fiji to sort out," he said.

Major Leweni went on to say that those making such calls didn't really know what the situation was like in the country to make such statements.

The UN made the call when Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama became interim Prime Minister.

Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama was sworn in as interim Prime Minister by the President of Fiji, Ratu Josefa Iloilo on Friday.

The UN secretary generals' spokesman Michele Montas said the secretary general was aware of developments that were taking place in the country with executive authority returned to Ratu Josefa and Commodore Bainimarama's appointment as interim PM.

Mr Montas said Mr Ki-Moon reiterated the previous call of the United Nations for the immediate reinstatement of the legitimate authority in Fiji and its return to constitutional rule and full democracy.

The Security Council, as well as former Secretary-General Kofi Annan and other UN officials had condemned the action by Fiji's military and called for the peaceful restoration of the democratically elected government as soon as possible after Fiji's fourth coup on December 5.

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