Fiji Police Set To Approve Methodist Meetings, With Conditions

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More than 2,000 churches await word from authorities

By Keresi Nauwakarawa

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, May 8, 2012) – Fiji's Commissioner of Police, Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua, has assured the Methodist Church they will be informed of a date to stage their annual meetings.

The statement comes after a submission by the church for a permit to hold their meetings and their annual conference.

The statement said Naivalurua is away in Hong Kong on an official tour and will look into the matter once he returns.

The Fiji Police Force had earlier said the permits will be given with terms and conditions which the church leaders must follow.

Methodist Church of Fiji assistant general secretary Reverend Tevita Nawadra said today they are still awaiting a general permit for churches in the islands and a permit for the church’s annual conference in August.

He said they were aware of the restrictions in place and they support it and remain optimistic about the permits being approved.

Recently the church welcomed moves by the Fiji Police Force allowing the denomination to hold its monthly and tri-monthly meetings.

Once the permits are approved, Rev Nawadra said the standing committee would then decide which direction the church would take, with full co-operation.

The Methodist Church of Fiji preaches to two-thirds of the Christian population with more than 2,000 churches around Fiji. Many of the churches are in the islands.

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