FIJI COUP: George Speight – UN – NZ Lawyer – OTHER NEWS: Income Related Rents – Dr Morgan Fahey – South Lebanon – Sierra Leone – Serbia – Sir John Geilgud – Trent Bray
FIJI COUP – SPEIGHT: George Speight says any deal to end the Coup Crisis will require a commitment to secure the primacy of Indigenous Fijians in the Fiji Government. Speight says he discussed several initiatives to resolve the crisis with Sitiveni Rambuka last night.
FIJI COUP – UN: Phil Goff says he has spoken to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan about sending a UN emissary to Fiji. The head of UNTAET in East Timor has been selected and he will arrive in Fiji this afternoon.
FIJI COUP – NZ LAWYER: A NZ lawyer spoke to Speight on the phone yesterday in an attempt to negotiate. Speight says the conversation was a waste of time and that he was insulted a European was selected to talk to him.
INCOME RELATED RENTS: Income related rents are a significant step forward says Charles Waldegrave. A solo mother living in Lower Hutt has told RNZ what it was like before the introduction of market rents.
DR MORGAN FAHEY: Rape Crisis says the guilty plea by Morgan Fahey vindicates the stories of his victims. Clair Benson says 6%-10% of women who come to rape crisis for help have been attacked by someone acting in a professional capacity.
SOUTH LEBANON: As Israeli troop s pull out of South Lebanon their allies the SLA have been fleeing from as much as one third of the area they were formally occupying. The mood in Lebanon is one of celebration as air strikes continue from the Israelis
SIERRA LEONE: Rebels in Sierra Leone have freed a further 29 UN Peace-keepers in Liberia and have asked for the release of RUF commander Sedo Sanko within 13 days.
SERBIA: A Serbian court has sentenced more than 100 ethnic Albanians to 7-13 years in jail for terrorism.
SIR JOHN GEILGUD: Actor Sir John Geilgud, one of the world’s most famous Shakespearian actors has died aged 86.
BRAY: NZ Swimmer Trent Bray has been provisionally suspended
by the world swimming body over a dispute over a drug test.
An appeal is expected to be heard next