Fiji citizens lobby against weapons manufacturing in the region

The Attorney General of Fiji has declared he has no intention of making arms and ammunition available to Fijians, following public outcry about new weapons manufacturing operations in the region.

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum used Australia as an example to illustrate his point, claiming Australia manufactures for military and defence markets, but doesn’t make these products available to its people.

“Manufacturing does not mean carrying arms. Various countries including the U.K and I understand Australia have manufacturing plants. You don’t see the NGO’s jumping up and down about them,” Sayed-Khaiyum was quoted in Fijian publication, FBC.

Fijian non-government organisations have reportedly stressed concern that the Fijian people would be put in danger by new weapons manufacturing operations planned for the region.

FBC says the Attorney General is claiming Fijian laws have allowed weapons manufacturing since 1978, so he doesn’t see why there’s a problem.

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