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Methodist church worries Fiji military by its Conflict statements

Fiji Methodist Church

Fiji, April 28 (Uitv):-The Fiji military has issued a warning that recent statements by the Methodist Church could lead to ethnic tension and instability.

It has released a statement saying it's concerned a prominent religious organization is vocalizing the supposed marginalization of originating Fijians.

It was the first time the Republic Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) had issued a statement over a political issue since the return to elected government.

"The RFMF, given its constitutional role to ensure the safety, security and well-being of Fiji and all Fijians, is concerned that a prominent religious organisation such as the Methodist Church of Fiji is vocalizing the supposed marginalization and agitation of the iTaukei in its five-point submission," said the statement.

"These we strongly feel have the potential to influence and breed suspicion, distrust, heightening ethnic tensions and potentially lead to conflict."

 "The RFMF wishes to advise the people of our beloved country not to be easily swayed and manipulated by the various rhetoric's that are using communal divisions through ethnicity, race and religion to push a specific agenda to achieve political gains," the statement said.

In parliament this week the Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama complained the Methodist Church was among groups spreading lies that Fiji's iTaukei were being victimized under the constitution.

He also accused the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA), the largest opposition party in parliament, of being a mouthpiece for the Methodist Church. "It's just a matter of talking and good discussion," he said.