June 6, 2000 |
Under intense pressure from the international community, the head of the military government declared Monday that he will not give any more ground to rebel leader George Speight, who has been holding much of the country's elected government hostage for more than two weeks.
June 3, 2000 |
Rebels who seized control of Parliament charged today that Fiji's military backed out of an agreement that would have led to the quick release of 30 hostages. The rebel leader, businessman George Speight, had said he might release his captives by Monday, contingent on an agreement with the military to let Fiji's influential tribal chiefs determine the next form of government, military or civilian. "There's been a breach of faith," Speight spokesman Jo Nata said today.
June 28, 2000 |
Defying hostage-takers, Fiji's military rulers said today that they would appoint a civilian government without consulting further with the gunmen. The indigenous Fijian rebels holding the government hostage since May 19 have demanded a presence in the interim government before releasing their prisoners, who include deposed Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry, an ethnic Indian.
July 18, 2000 |
Fiji's new president, a frail and elderly tribal chief, was sworn in today and urged reconciliation in the ethnically divided island nation that had been paralyzed by a two-month hostage crisis. Ratu Josefa Iloilo took the oath of office in a stately residence overlooking the harbor of the capital, Suva, before an audience that included nationalist coup leader George Speight.