Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Good Beginning For Fiji

Good Beginning For Fiji
www.fijivillage.com - 20/05/2008
Its a good beginning for Fiji.

These are the words of Ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase referring to the meeting held yesterday with the Interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

Qarase, in an interview with Fijivillage, also said he does not know whether or not religious and civil organisations will be included in the next round of talks.

The Interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama and Ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase met for the first time yesterday in talks facilitated by the two heads of the Methodist and Catholic Churches.

President of the Methodist Church Laisiasa Ratabacaca and Head of the Catholic Church Archbishop Petero Mataca have met several times over the past few weeks and together facilitated the talk.

The meeting yesterday was marked by an informal exchange of views, with all leaders noting in particular the great importance of constructive dialogue not only among political leaders but also among Fiji's diverse communities and the leaders of religious and civil organisations. The four leaders in a joint press statement said that genuine, trust-based dialogue is essential in order for real progress to be achieved in any national level efforts at healing and reconciliation.

The four leaders agreed to meet again in the near future.

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