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Published:December 6th, 2006 06:36 EST
Military Action Against Government in Fiji

Military Action Against Government in Fiji

By SOP newswire

The United States condemns the attempted overthrow of Fiji’s democratically-elected government by General Bainimarama, the commander of the country’s military forces. Prime Minister Qarase has refused to resign and the President, the Vice President, the Great Council of Chiefs have all rejected this unlawful action. We call on General Bainimarama and the Fijian military to immediately end this provocation and allow Prime Minister Qarase and his democratically elected government to perform their duties without interference.

As a result of General Bainimarama’s action the United States has decided now to suspend assistance to the government of Fiji pending the outcome of ongoing events in that country. As events in Fiji unfold, we will conduct a review of those assistance programs and other available policy options. We also will be reviewing the U.S. nonimmigrant visas of Commodore Bainimarama and other senior military officers seeking to depose the government. As we develop our response, we will continue to consult closely with our key international partners, including Australia and New Zealand.