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Seruiratu: Stop politicising relief assistance

Minister for National Disaster Management, Colonel Inia Seruiratu today lashed out at political parties that are trying to politicise the issue of relief assistance. At a media briefing this afternoon Seruiratu said: It’s quite disappointing that the issue of distribution of rations or food or the other relief assistance has been politicized and this is […]

Verleshwar Singh

February 26, 2016 6:50 pm

Minister for National Disaster Management, Colonel Inia Seruiratu today lashed out at political parties that are trying to politicise the issue of relief assistance.

At a media briefing this afternoon Seruiratu said:

It’s quite disappointing that the issue of distribution of rations or food or the other relief assistance has been politicized and this is not the time to politicize issues. We are aware that political parties are saying that certain ethnic groups are being marginalized or ignored, that is not so. And I wish to assure all Fijians that we’ll provide for them when we have the opportunity to come to you.

Meanwhile, the HMAS Canberra has today left from the Port of Brisbane to assist in the humanitarian assistance mission, transporting disaster relief supplies, equipment and personnel, including engineers and medical professionals. The crew is expected to be in Fiji for at least a month.

Seruiratu said they are expecting HMAS Canberra to reach Fiji by next Tuesday.

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