"Former State Minister [Jioji] Konrote had a long and distinguished military career, culminating as BrigGen in command of all UN forces in Lebanon.
When we asked Bainimarama's motivations for the coup, Konrote referred back to the events of 2000, especially the November mutiny of soldiers at military HQ when Bainimarama was nearly killed. Konrote noted that Bainimarama had never been in a combat situation.
Unlike senior Army officers who had seen action in Lebanon and other hot spots, Bainimarama's only PKO experience was with MFO Sinai during a peaceful period.
Thus, when he was fired at in 2000, the experience had a significant psychological effect that Bainimarama still carries." Larry Dinger to Washington, February 2007
Former PermRep Savua concluded his tour last fall, and the Qarase Government named a replacement who had not taken up the job before the coup.
Konrote said the interim government is considering a wholesale re-shuffle of ambassadorships. (Comment: This is not surprising given that many current ambassadors are tied to events of 2000 and/or have been seen as buddies of Qarase.)
Konrote said he has not yet accepted the New York offer because he is worried about Australia, New Zealand, and U.S. visa-ban repercussions on himself and his family.
Konrote's sons travel a lot. Konrote said, none the less, he has informed Bainimarama that he is willing to "help out" the interim government behind the scenes." - Dinger to Washington, February 2007