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CID backs Fiji civil society in wake of coup

Published: Tue 5 Dec 2006 12:01 AM
CID backs Fiji civil society in wake of coup
The Council for International Development says it is a tragedy that Fiji is suffering yet another coup. The council represents 86 organisations, many of whom are involved in development work with partner agencies in Fiji.
“We have been contacted by a number of Fijian civil society organisations who are working together to reach a peaceful solution as quickly as possible. Many of them have already endured three coups and understand how quickly stability can break down, causing destruction and bloodshed,”says CID Executive Director Rae Julian.
“The campaign of wearing blue ribbons for peace, started by civil society groups in Fiji during the Speight coup in 2000, has been revived. It provides an opportunity for the people of Fiji to show their desire for a rapid return to peace and democracy.”
“CID supports the stance of civil society. We have offered any help they may need.”
“Coups are never the right way to deal with disputes. They have a seriously destabilising effect on a country and cause significant economic loss. While CID believes earlier coup leaders and plotters should not be granted amnesty, it is important that the military does not impose a solution that is against the wishes of the Fijian people.”
“Fiji has suffered severely from economic losses caused by politically-motivated violence. The impact on ordinary people’s lives is immeasurable. A proud country rich in resources and people should not be brought low in this way,” says Rae Julian.
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