Tuesday, November 17, 2009

President aims to unite chiefs

www.fijitimes.com - Wednesday, November 18, 2009

THE President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, intends to reconcile all chiefs within Fiji.

He said it was the will of the people that all chiefs unite.

Ratu Epeli is optimistic that despite the differences, dialogue could be maintained among the chiefly.

"Reconciling the chiefs is an ongoing process," he said.

"We have our differences.

"I have differences even with my close friends who happen to be chiefs but it is not the end of the world because there is always a way out of a sticky situation.

"As the representative of the people I have to be open, listen to people and hear what they have to say.

"We might have our differences but it doesn't stop me from trying to work things out."

To carry out the reconciliation process, Ratu Epeli said he would need to visit the 14 provinces in the country.

"It's a matter of making the arrangements and planning them."

He made the comment during his tour of Macuata, the first province he visited after he became President.

Ratu Epeli is expected to visit the Western Division next week.

"I've been meeting the people and seen positive signs of what they want to achieve and the way the community has rallied behind their developments especially in schools.

"That is the basis of all this.

"If we can get it right at the beginning, it will augur well for the future."

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