Sunday, August 26, 2007

State Actions Brew Hatred

August 26, 2007

Update: 2.46pm INSTITUTIONALISED hatred could come about if the country does not jointly address the crisis we are facing, says the Qaranivalu, Ratu Inoke Takivekata, who believes that the unresolved deaths of civilians during the regime's control of security forces will lead to hatred.

The abuse of human rights and the torture of innocent civilians will also lead to hatred. These comments are contained in the full page advertisement of the Sunday Times today, and which also carries the Fijian version in a separate full page.
Ratu Inoke was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 2004 for his involvement in the 2000 mutiny but was released two months ago after his case by the Fiji Court of Appeal quashed his case and ordered a re-trial.

The Naitasiri chief claims to have tried to engage in meetings with interim Prime Minister, Commander Voreqe Bainimarama and some members of his regime but was unsuccessful. The plea in his statement was an invitation to the interim regime and the military for national reconciliation.

''The unprofessional and unethical treatment of numerous government executives, board members, businesses and investors will also lead to hatred. Increasing the racial divide will bring about increased instability to our beloved country,'' Ratu Inoke said. The interim Government is expected to release their response tomorrow, says the Permanent Secretary in the interim Prime Minister's office, Pramesh Chand.

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