FIJI GOVERNMENT WILLING TO DIALOGUE WITH METHODISTS

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Church leaders grateful for chance to talk

By Apisalome Coka SUVA, Fiji (Radio Fiji, Nov. 30, 2011) – Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has given the green light to continue the government’s dialogue with the Methodist church to reinstate its annual general meeting the Bose Ko Viti.

Bainimarama in an exclusive interview with FBC News says the government respects the religious belief of individuals and will never at anytime interfere.

He says the difference lies between the government and the heads of the Methodist Church.

Methodist Church assistant general secretary Reverend Tevita Nawadra says they are overwhelmed with the statement by the Prime Minister.

"We are indeed very, very glad that has come out because we have been praying, we have been seeking a time to talk and to share our difficulties together because the church all along believe that the only way forward is for us to talk, if this comes around before the year ends, it will be the best Christmas present for us in the Methodist Church."

The Bose Ko Viti was suspended in 2009 due to differences between the government and church leaders.

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