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PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT
Pacific Islands Development Program/East-West Center
Center for Pacific Islands Studies/University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
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WIFE OF FORMER FIJI PM CHAUDHRY FORGIVES CAPTOR

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 crisis.

"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 politics.

"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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