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Solidarity with Fiji churches

06 December 2006

6 December 2006 

The general secretary of the World Council of Churches today released the following statement of solidarity with the Council of Churches and the Assembly of the Christian Churches in Fiji: 

The World Council of Churches has received with shock and profound distress the news of yet another military coup in Fiji. The manner in which the military authorities have dismissed the elected Prime Minister of the country is in total disregard of democratic norms and principles of governance. The action of the military is in violation of the constitution and is tantamount to subversion of the rule of law which Fiji can ill afford at this critical juncture. In the 21st century there should be no justification for military coups anywhere. Any political problems should be solved through democratic processes. 

The repercussions of this military take over will impact the national economy and create adverse consequences for the welfare and well-being of the people. The military coup has therefore not only been condemned by the local churches, but also by the neighbouring countries in the region and beyond. 

The World Council of Churches appeals to the military leadership in Fiji to restore the democratic process before further damage, as the result of division and confrontation, is done to the country and its people. The World Council of Churches remains in solidarity with the churches and the people of Fiji as they pass through this critical period. 

Assuring you of prayers and support, 

Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia
General Secretary
World Council of Churches