06 December 2006

Statement on the coup in Fiji

Michael King, Team Leader for World Church Relationships: 'Although there have been political tensions in Fiji for several weeks, it still came as a surprise to many that the military felt that they needed to take control on December 5th. We are thankful that the country so far remains calm and hope for a peaceful resolution of the crisis. The Methodist Church of Britain has many connections with the Methodist Church in Fiji, including a Mission Partner in Suva at the moment, the Revd Dr David Upp.

'So we pray for and with all our friends in Fiji, in the various walks of life that they find themselves during the crisis, including the President of the Methodist Church, the Revd. Laisasa Ratabacaca. Our prayer is for God's peace, justice and reconciliation throughout the islands of Fiji, and for wise leadership during these uncertain days and into the future. Our prayers are also for Fijians elsewhere in the world, and there are many in the British Armed Forces, who will be anxious for loved ones in Fiji at this time.'

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