BRITISH MILITARY WON’T BE RECRUITING IN FIJI SOON

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BRITISH MILITARY WON’T BE RECRUITING IN FIJI SOON Recruitment mission postponed earlier won’t resume

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Sun, March 25, 2009) – Young people aspiring to join the British Army should not get their hopes up as there would be no recruitments just yet.

A recruitment team from the British armed forces was scheduled to be in the country for the recruitment of local men and women into the service.

However, the visit was deferred to a date after the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, early last month.

The meeting was convened in London on March 3 and its outcome stated that the interim Government supply an election date by May 1.

Failure of which the country would face full suspension from the Commonwealth.

However, the British High Commission in response to queries of whether there were any changes to their government’s decision to halt recruitment, revealed there were no changes at all.

"We had said earlier that a visit in March or April by the overseas pre-selection team will not be taking place. That situation has not changed," said the High Commission’s political and communication adviser, Vineeta Nand.

The earlier statement issued by the High Commission on the issue was criticised by the interim Government which claimed the recruitment team’s visit had only been deferred to a later date.

Military spokesman and deputy secretary for Information Major Neumi Leweni accused the media of false reporting.

Major Leweni said media reports that the British Army has stopped recruiting soldiers from Fiji and other Pacific island countries are not only grossly irresponsible and naïve, but they also reflect the ulterior motives of some media organizations in supporting the unreasonable calls for Fiji to return to democratic governance when it is not ready to do so.

Major Leweni said the reports paint a gloomy future for young Fiji citizens who aspire to take on a life of service in protecting humanity by joining the British Army.

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