July 27, 2000 |
At least one person was reported killed today as Fiji's military began a crackdown on supporters of rebel leader George Speight after his arrest on suspicion of arms offenses. Speight, who toppled Fiji's elected government in a two-month hostage standoff, was arrested Wednesday by the military. Troops then stormed a school in a suburb of Suva, the capital, where more than 350 Speight supporters have been camped for more than a week.
June 23, 2000 |
Fiji's military leaders reached an agreement with rebel leader George Speight to end a six-week hostage crisis in the South Pacific nation, the Agence France-Presse said. The agreement is to be signed at 11 a.m. local time Saturday, AFP quoted presidential spokesman Joe Brown as saying. It would lead to the release, perhaps as early as Saturday, of the 31 political hostages held captive since the attempted coup May 19.
June 19, 2000 |
Rebel leader George Speight said he would accept the appointment of ethnic Indians to the country's next government, giving new hope for an end soon to Fiji's government hostage crisis. Heading into a new round of talks with Fiji's military rulers about the makeup of an interim administration, Speight said it was possible that ethnic Indians could be included in the appointments made by a new president. "If that is the case we will accept it," Speight told reporters.
June 17, 2000 |
An international delegation came away from meetings with Fiji's military rulers on Friday with assurances that the military will return the South Pacific nation to democracy in two years. But the promises again put the military at odds with rebel leader George Speight, who is holding 31 political hostages and demanding that Fiji adopt a racist constitution and install him in power.
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.
May 31, 2000 |
Just when a prolonged hostage crisis appeared close to resolution, Fiji's new military leader threw negotiations into turmoil today by naming the husband of a woman being held by rebels as the head of an interim government. The appointment of Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, who is also the son-in-law of the president forced from power this week, was seen as a slap in the face to rebel leader George Speight, who is holding much of the former government captive.