Thursday, August 7, 2008

Common Name Good-Ratu Epeli

Common Name Good-Ratu Epeli - 08/08/2008

Acting Interim Prime Minister Ratu Epeli Ganilau said the common name "Fijian" for all citizens of Fiji is a good idea.Ratu Epeli said although he respects the SDL Leader, Laisenia Qarase's statement that the name "Fijian" only belongs to the indigenous Fijians, he stresses that any positive step that unites the nation should be taken.Ratu Epeli said people should analyze the draft Charter and think of Fiji as a whole.Meanwhile, the chiefly home of the Tui Cakau, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu has opposed the use of the common name "Fijian" to be used for all the people who are born in Fiji. Close Cousin of the Tui Cakau, Ratu Jekesoni Yavalanavanua of Lalagavesi said it is an insult to call an Indian a Fijian.

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