COUPS have weakened the fabric of Fijian society, bringing about suspicion and distrust among the two major ethnic groups in the country, says SODELPA leader Ro Teimumu Kepa.
Speaking to a community of Fijians of Indian descent at Wailevu in Labasa recently, Ro Teimumu said coups had also brought about turmoil and hardship on individuals and the nation.
She said Fijians needed to put a stop to those unlawful acts for the sake of their people, nation and future generations.
"We must always respect the law of the land and teach our children that we must find solutions to our problems within the confines of the law and through goodwill and understanding among our people," she said.
"Ladies and gentlemen, if what we are doing here tonight had been done since independence, our country would have been a different place.
"It is by reaching out to each other, sitting down with each other, and listening to each other, that we will create trust and understanding between ourselves."
Ro Teimumu said these were challenging times for the Fijian people.
"Let us stop pointing fingers and finding faults in each other because that is not the way we can improve the state of affairs in our country today."