The Fiji Labour Party welcomes the decision by the Prime Minister to convene a parliamentary select committee early next year to resolve the land issue.
This assurance by the Prime Minister was given in Parliament on Wednesday when he was speaking on the 2004 Budget.
Speaking on land, he said, ” I propose that when Parliament sits early next year, we submit this issue to an appropriate select committee and set a deadline for early resolution.”
Welcoming the decision, Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry said this should have been done six months ago.
The Talanoa sub-committee on land recommended in its report in June that a select committee be appointed to resolve the land issue.
“The government has been wanting to impose a solution on us instead of bringing it to the right forum for discussions,” Mr. Chaudhry said.
The Labour Party also wants the Prime Minister to refer the CERD report on racial discrimination to a properly constituted select committee assisted by the Fiji Human Rights Commission for resolution.
The issue of racial discrimination in Fiji needs to be resolved just as urgently.