Monday, August 27, 2007

Qaranivalu Pleads for Reconciliation

August 26, 2007
THE Qaranivalu, Ratu Inoke Takivekata, has issued an open invitation to the interim Prime Minister, Commander Voreqe Bainimarama, his regime and the military to participate in a national reconciliation.

In a full page advertisement, Ratu Inoke, who was imprisoned for life for his role in the November 2000 mutiny, suggested the national reconciliation would among other things ensure amnesty and immunity from prosecution to everyone involved in the 5 December coup; normalisation of all costitutional offices including the President, Vice President, Judiciary, Great Council of Chiefs, Public Service Commission; free and fair elections held no later than December next year; the demilitarisation of government and addressing Fiji's coup culture. Ratu Inoke said: ''I am making this plea to the regime because our beloved nation is undergoing unprecedented hardship, widening racial divisions and economic ruin.''

He said nothing that this regime undertakes will ever be legal and the regime cannot force its will upon the people.

Interim PM invited to participate in reconciliation process
www.fijivillage.com - 26 Aug 2007

Naitasiri High chief Ratu Inoke Takiveikata has invited the Interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama to participate in a national reconciliation process.In his first public statement since being released from prison two months ago, in an open letter to Bainimarama, the Qaranivalu said national reconciliation involves the amnesty and immunity from prosecution to everyone involved in the December 5th takeover, normalization of all constitutional offices including the President, Vice President, Judiciary, GCC, the Public Service Commission, the demilitarization of government, addressing Fiji's coup culture and for elections to be held before December 2008.
Ratu Inoke said the nation appreciates some of the noble objectives that the regime has set out to achieve but the methods used are not legal and acceptable, since these objectives should be a priority of a newly elected government.
He said if the nation does not come together to address the crisis that our country faces then Fiji's economy will go down the drain, with inflation rising and unemployment numbers increasing.Interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama is yet to comment on the matter.

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