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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs enter its final day of meeting

The Fiji’s Great Council of Chiefs (GCC) will conclude its two day meeting today with a resolution about the island nations future.

Among agendas to be discussed is whether army commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama and his soldiers will be granted immunity for the illegal takeover of the Government. The issue of immunity is understood to be one of the proposals put on the table by the chiefs in yesterday’s meeting. The proposal states that the Laisenia Qarase-led administration resign, ousted President Ratu Josefa Iloilo be reappointed and an Interim Government be formed. The GCC hopes that Commodore Bainimarama will accept their invitation in his capacity as commander of the Fiji Military Forces, and be part of the meeting in Suva today. But the invitation was flatly refused by the army chief as he was not invited as the acting President of Fiji.

Late yesterday, the army have stated that the Great Council of Chiefs meeting is irrelevant and they are not taking it seriously. The Fiji Military Spokesman, Major Neumi Leweni said the military would continue with its plans even if the GCC's resolutions did not go in their favour.

Just this morning, the FijiLive website has reported that five people were taken away by police after holding a peaceful demonstration outside the venue of the meeting for Fiji's Great Council of Cheifs. The members of a pro-democracy group based in Suva walked outside themeeting venue and waved Fiji flags before they were bungled into a police vehicle and taken away to a nearby police station for questioning.

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