SUVA, Fiji Islands (June 18, 2000 -Radio Australia)---The wife of Fiji's ousted
Indo-Fijian Prime Minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, has spoken publicly for the first
time since he was taken hostage.
Radio Australia correspondent Anne Barker reports.
"Virmati Chaudry, a born again Christian, says she has now forgiven George
Speight for his actions in storming the Parliament building a month ago and
taking her husband and son hostage.
"Mahendra Chaudhry and son, Rajendra, are among 31 hostages who've been
in captivity now for 30 days.
"Mr. Speight and key supporters are locked in talks today with military
leaders and senior traditional chiefs to advance efforts to resolve Fiji's political
"The military has accepted some of Mr. Speight's nominees for an interim
government, but only those outside the rebel group and who are independent of
"The military has also agreed to include Mr. Speight's group on a committee
to review Fiji's constitution.
"Anne Barker, Radio Australia, Suva."
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