PM terminates MOU

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Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka stresses a point during a press conference in Suva. Picture: SOPHIE RALULU

Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka says there is no need for Chinese state security personnel to continue working in the Fiji Police Force.

He was referring to a memorandum of understanding between the Fiji Police Force and China’s Ministry of Public Security inked in 2011 which resulted in Fijian police officers undergoing training in China and Chinese officers being deployed to Fiji on attachment programs for three to six months.

In September, 2021 police co-operation efforts between the two countries reached new heights following the appointment of a Chinese Police Liaison officer to be based in Fiji.

“There’s no need for us to continue, our systems are different,” Mr Rabuka said to The Fiji Times yesterday.

“Our system of democracy and justice systems are different so we will go back to those that have similar systems with us.”

He said officers from other countries like Australia and New Zealand could stay because their systems were similar to Fiji.

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