Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Fiji Still Unsafe so Be careful

Rumours rubbish, says Fiji military
Tuesday October 09, 2007

The Fiji military has rubbished rumours that there may be an escalation of violence in the country.

Australia over the weekend warned its citizens that it had "credible reports" there may be an escalation of violence in Fiji.

Military spokesman and chief-of-staff Land Force Lieutenant Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga reiterated that those are only rumours.

He told Fijilive there is no such threat.

Lt Colonel Tikoitoga said Fiji is a 'rumour-rich' environment and people thrive on gossips.

"People do not live on facts anymore," Tikoitoga said.

Lt Colonel Tikoitoga said the Military Council had decided to lift the Public Emergency Regulation after assessing the country's security situation.

"Rumours are all bullshit," he stressed.

Meanwhile the United States of America and the United Kingdom have also followed Australia and New Zealand in reviewing their travel advisories.

The US Department of State on its website have asked US citizens to be cautious while in Fiji and consider the risks of travelling to the country due to the unstable environment here.

It is valid till the end of this month and will be updated after that.

"While a State of Emergency (Public Emergency Regulation) is no longer in effect, some basic rights remain uncertain," stated the travel advisory.

Meanwhile stuff.co.nz reports that a spokeswoman for New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the ministry had updated its travel warning at around the same time as Australia.

"Their upgrade is for Suva only. They haven't upgraded their overall advice. We have updated, but not upgraded the level of warning," she said.

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