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The World

October 11, 1987

Fiji marked the 17th anniversary of its independence from Britain as the South Pacific island nation ended a second week under the control of military strongman Col. Sitiveni Rabuka. India, meanwhile, saying it does not recognize the republic proclaimed by Rabuka, suspended trade and technical cooperation with Fiji. Australia already has suspended aid, and New Zealand says it may suspend its support. Rabuka staged two coups in five months, the latest on Sept. 25, to keep political power in the hands of ethnic Fijians, who are slightly outnumbered by Indians in Fiji. Britain and the United States have condemned the coup.

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