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Fiji Military Coup Leaders Arrest, Disarm Senior Police Officers

31 January 2007


The Fiji Military Forces is investigating reports that some senior police officers are carrying weapons for personal protection. Land Force Commander, Colonel Pita Driti confirmed they were acting swiftly to try and ascertain the reason behind this. "That is why we are curious about all that is going on." Col Driti made the comments as Assistant Police Commissioner Operations Samuela Matakibau was detained for the second time this week. The military alleged... (

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Fidji,Nouvelle Zélande

Military's Raids on Police in Fiji

5 December 2006

Guardian (Fiji)

Fiji's prime minister accused the military of in effect mounting a coup today - after troops disarmed the police, surrounded government buildings, and seized official cars from ministers. Armed soldiers attempted to force their way into the residence of the prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, in the capital, Suva, as he met his cabinet. They were halted by bodyguards, witnesses told Reuters. "There is virtually a coup now taking place," Mr Qarase told New ZealandRadio.... (

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Fiji Military Raid Nets 7.5 Tonnes of M-16 Ammunition, Police Stand Back

7 November 2006

Fiji Times

It is far too dangerous for police to attempt to recover seven and a half tonnes of M16 bullets taken from the Suva wharf by the military last week, says Police Commissioner Andrew Hughes. Mr Hughes said he would not put his men in danger by sending them to Queen Elizabeth Barracks, where the military now has the ammunition. "It's too dangerous for my men to go in and get back the ammunition for the time being," he told a press conference at the police headquarters at... (

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Fiji's Australian Police Chief Seizes Tonnes of Ammunition in Fear of Coup

31 October 2006

Sydney Morning Herald

SUVA — Australian Police Commissioner, Andrew Hughes, has become embroiled in the escalating feud between the Government and its military commander by refusing to release a container of live ammunition that arrived in the country at the weekend. Mr Hughes said "it would be irresponsible" to release the 500,000 live rounds to the military in the current political climate without assurances from the acting commander of the armed forces that they will not be used to... (

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Australian Police Boss Withholds 7.5 Tonnes of M-16 Bullets from Fiji Military

30 October 2006

Australian Associated Press

Fiji's Australian Police Commissioner has risked antagonising the country's military by withholding a shipment of ammunition because of recent takeover talk. Andrew Hughes has refused to release 7.5 tonnes of bullets until he is assured they will not be used to remove the Government of the Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase. "It would be irresponsible to approve its release at the moment after the military called on the Government to resign," Mr Hughes told The Fiji... (

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Fidji,Océanie,Nations Unies

Pacific Islands Forum Nations Urged to Back UN Global Gun Trade Treaty

21 October 2006

Fiji Times

Pacific Island Countries have been asked to support United Nations resolution for an arms trade treaty to regulate the production and sales of arms. The Pacific Concerns Resource Centre (PCRC) is disappointed that Pacific states have not come out publicly to support it. Spokeswoman Adi Ema Tagicakibau said PCRC was urgently calling on Pacific UN member states to throw their weight in support of the resolution. She said 89 countries agreed to co-sponsor the historic... (

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Guns a Major Cause of Casualties in Pacific, Says Fiji's UN Ambassador

1 July 2006

Fiji Times

Though the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons is still small in the South Pacific, it is still the major cause of casualties of all armed conflicts in the region says Fiji's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Isikia Savua. In a statement, he said the abundance of these weapons was significant in as much as our region becoming the depository of many weapons manufactured by a lot of countries and left behind after the world wars. Mr Savua stated... (

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Fidji,Nations Unies

Fijian Ambassador Warns of Dangerous Arms Trade

28 June 2006

Pacific Magazine

Fiji's ambassador to the United Nations has told of the dangers illegal weapons pose in the Pacific region despite the relatively small market for them. Isikia Savua told the Review Conference on Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in New York that illegal arms is still the major cause of casualties in all armed conflicts in the region. Savua, who was Police Commissioner when George Speight seized the government on May 19, 2000, told the conference the... (

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Nouvelle Zélande,Fidji,Nations Unies

UN Small Arms Treaty Could Help Pacific Peace, Says NZ Minister

27 June 2006

Radio New Zealand

New Zealand Disarmament Minister, Phil Goff, says international efforts to curb trading in small arms will complement New Zealand peacekeeping missions in Pacific trouble spots. An United Nations conference underway in New York is reviewing progress on plans developed in 2001 to stem the illegal arms trade. It has also seen a push from anti-gun campaigners for a Small Arms Treaty. Mr Goff says placing importance on the issue is well justified, given the situation in... (

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Gun Control Group Urges Fijian Soldiers to Leave Weapons Behind

23 May 2006

Fiji Times

Handling and safe keeping of small arms is part of military life, says the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces. RFMF spokesperson, Captain Neumi Leweni was reacting to comments by a local group, which has raised its concern on the public display of guns by the military in that "it created fear and instability among the public". Elaborating on gun control to mark the worldwide Week of Action against Small Arms, Pacific Resource Centre spokesperson, Ema Tagicakibau... (

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Indian Visitor to Fiji Wanted on Arms Smuggling Charges in US

30 March 2006

Revelations today that an Indian Bussinessman who was seeking to set up a multi million dollar IT call centres in the country is facing charges of drug trafficking, arms smuggling and fraud in the United States. Gurujot Singh Khalsa also known as Robert Alvin Taylor is associated with Khalsa Financial Services and has been charged with smuggling over 40 tonnes of marijuana from Thailand into the United States between 1983 and 1987. Khalsa and an accomplice are also... (

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Fiji Army, Police Disagree Over 'Arming for Coup' Gun Purchase

16 March 2006

ABC Radio Australia (Shortwave), Transcript

A war of words has been continuing in Fiji over a batch of guns and ammunition bought by the country's police force. The army has been saying the A$300,000 shipment of guns was in fact meant for them, and has accused the police of arming Fijians against one another. But the police commissioner, Australian Andrew Hughes, insists there's been a misunderstanding, and the guns were needed to replace the force's old and unusable weapons. Now, after weeks of wrangling, the... (

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Fiji Police Complete Stock-take of Weapons

11 January 2006

ABC Radio Australia (Shortwave) / Pacific Beat

Fiji's police department has undertaken a clean-out of its fire arms and equipment. And it's a case of out with the old and in with the new, with the police recently updating its armoury, replacing an old model of firearm. The Police Tactical Response Team will also have its weapons upgraded, as part of a F$350,000 government grant to update the weapons. But Police Commissioner Andrew Hughes says that while it is important that police have access to the weapons,... (

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US Small Arms Stand at UN Condemned: Tagicakibau

17 September 2005

Fiji Times

Despite strong support for control of the small arms trade, the United States of America successfully negotiated that it be removed from the resolution document at the United Nations Summit. The proposed resolution document was supposed to be signed by World leaders attending the Summit in New York this week. Pacific Concerns Resource Center (PCRC) condemned the stand taken by USA and urged governments to develop a treaty to control the unregulated arms trade. PCRC... (

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13 Weapons Still Missing from May 2000 Fiji Armoury Raid

11 September 2005

Fiji Sunday Times

Thirteen weapons are still missing from the Meridian Squadron's armoury after May 2000, says military spokesman Lt-Col Orisi Rabukawaqa. And the army is concerned that these could be used for further destabilisation or even robberies. "Other weapons arrived on our shores in 1987. We had located some but never really knew how much came in," he said. "When this is taken together with the realism that some toy models have achieved, there is little that people who don't... (

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Call for Toy Gun Ban Gathers Support

15 August 2005

Fiji Times

Toys such as guns and video games with violent themes create a culture of violence in children and should be banned, says Fiji Teachers Union general secretary Agni Deo Singh. Mr Singh made the comment in support of Assistant Police Commissioner Crime Kevueli Bulamainaivalu's statement that replica guns should not be sold in Fiji. Mr Singh said children had seen many instances of adults caught breaching the law here. "These actions of adults are copied by children... (

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Stop Small Arms Flow, Groups Say

10 May 2005

Fiji Times

The Fiji Red Cross, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Federation Societies have reaffirmed their commitment to the Agenda for Humanitarian Action. The Fiji Red Cross said this had been done to tackle four issues, including those who remain missing in armed conflicts. A society statement said the families of those who remained missing "deserve to know what has happened to their loved ones". The second issue on the agenda is the proliferation of small... (

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Illegal Firearms a Worry for Town Residents

16 November 2004

Fiji Times

Police should confiscate firearms if users breach the conditions of their licence, says Savusavu Mayor Peni Naulu. "The police needs to do what is necessary when it comes to abuse of firearms and that is to confiscate firearms from anyone who does not use it in the proper way," he said. "What's the use of talking when the problem can be solved in a quicker way?" He said the conditions of issuance of firearms were quite clear and that if users breached them, then the... (

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Small Arms Workshop This Week in Nadi

14 August 2004

Fiji Times

Cabinet has agreed to a United Nations request to host a small arms seminar in Fiji next week. Home Affairs Minister Joketani Cokanasiga said the seminar would be organised by the UN's Department for Disarmament Affairs. The seminar is being arranged with the help of the Australian and Japanese governments. Mr Cokanasiga said 60 participants from Government and non-government organisations, mainly from the South Pacific, had been invited by the UN to attend. "Two... (

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Government Legislates for Future Gun Industry

22 March 2004

Radio Australia (Pacific shortwave)

Non-government organisations in Fiji are campaigning for the reversal of an amendment to the Arms and Ammunitions Act, passed by Parliament last July. The Act covers a number of areas ranging from prescribing the penalties for illegal use and possesion of firearms to regulating the trade and manufacture of firearms. But it is the latter that has raised serious concerns about its impact on future social, political and economic stability of the country. Speakers:... (

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