Fijian Unity only in Theory
Fijian Unity only in Theory - Bole
PEOPLE'S COALITION GOVERNMENT, FIJI Issue No: 425 29 January 2001
The unity of ethnic Fijians is possible only in political theory, says Filipe Bole, a deputy Prime Minister in the SVT government.
Bole was responding to questions last night on Fiji TV's Close-up Program on ethnic Fijian unity. He stated that the SVT he was with was an all inclusive party, clearly hinting that the letter signed by SVT and 4 other splinter groups sent to the President last week asking for the retention of the current regime, was not endorsed by the SVT. It is also believed that the SVT President Ratu Mataitini, a signatory to the letter, is now distancing himself from the letter.
Another panellist in the TV program, Ratu Meli Vesikula stated that we can not put our future in the hands of people with notorious backgrounds and hardcore nationalists. He said that the future of Fiji is in multi-racialism and multi-culturalism.
Esira Rabuno representing the group which organised the letter said that it had just as yet not decided on whether it will opt for violence and unrest if the Court of Appeal decision was against the regime. He added that this decision will be made when the decision came out. He also stated that his group will not be a party to any government of national unity which was led by a "non-indigenous Fijian political party".
Bole and Vesikula strongly condemned Rabuno and his group for their actions.