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Qarase's administration has been accused of corruption and of being to lenient on the perpetrators of a coup six years ago.
Originally posted by djohnsto77
This is pretty strange logic..he's upset that the perpetrators of a former coup were dealt with too lightly, so he's planning one of his own?
The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), with a total manpower of 3,500 men, is one of the smallest in the world. The 2,950 men in the active army are organized into six infantry and one engineer battalions, with 350 reserves forming a further three. Wiki
The Australian Defence Force currently numbers about 51,000 full-time active duty personnel plus another 19,400 reservists. The ADF, although small numerically, is technologically sophisticated. It is the largest force in Oceania, and plays a significant role in peacekeeping operations around the world. The ADF's main strategic rivals are within the Asia-Pacific region.Wiki
Originally posted by niteboy82
So let me get this straight, one of the smallest militaries in the world is going to stage a coup to take over the largest force in their area, and this is seen as a threat? The only way I could see this getting out of control is if the Fiji resorts to terrorist or guerilla tactics, in order to make their lives a living hell.
Fiji's Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase is due to meet his country's military leader Frank Bainimarama for talks aimed at averting a possible coup.
The two arch-rivals have been at loggerheads for months, but the crisis has recently escalated.
New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters is brokering the talks, which will be held in Wellingon.
FIJI'S military yesterday warned Australia, Britain and the US not to interfere in its plans to "clean up" the Fijian Government.
The warning came after a visit by top diplomats from the three countries to Suva's main barracks marred attempts by New Zealand to broker 11th-hour talks to head off a possible coup.
The diplomatic manoeuvring yesterday also included a bid by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to threaten the Fijian military with expulsion from peacekeeping operations - a source of national pride and valuable foreign currency for the nation, which has nearly a quarter of a million people living in poverty.
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:
The Secretary-General is alarmed by the continued possibility of a military coup d’état against the legitimate Government of the Republic of Fiji Islands. He encourages the parties to continue their search for a peaceful reconciliation of their differences within the constitutional framework.
The Secretary-General also wishes to stress that further prolongation of the crisis may damage Fiji’s international standing, which it has built carefully over the years, as an important contributor to United Nations peacekeeping operations and more recently as a member of the Peacebuilding Commission.
The Secretary-General stands ready to complement national and regional efforts aimed at overcoming the crisis through dialogue.
29 November 2006 – The Security Council today expressed concern at the possibility of a coup d’état against the Fijian Government, urging the country’s military leadership to exercise restraint and respect the rule of law.
In a press statement, the 15-member Council added its voice to that of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who warned yesterday that a continuation of the current political crisis in the Pacific island nation would jeopardize Fiji’s international standing.
Council members “welcome and support the efforts being made in the region to encourage restraint and to achieve agreement between the parties to the dispute,” Ambassador Jorge Voto-Bernales of Peru, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, said.
The statement applauded the current domestic and regional efforts to solve the crisis between the military leadership and the Government of Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase, adding that it also backed the efforts of Mr. Annan to use his good offices as UN Secretary-General to resolve the dispute.