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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Melanesian support dismays democracy group

A Fiji democracy group says it is disappointed the leaders of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu have given support to Fiji's interim leader Frank Bainimarama.

After meeting Friday with the leaders of the countries which form the Melanesian Spearhead Group, Commodore Bainimarama won their support for the lifting of the suspension of Fiji from the Pacific Islands Forum.

The Melanesian countries plan to take Fiji's case to the Pacific Islands Forum at next month's meeting in Cairns.

The Prime Ministers also praised Commodore Bainimarama's roadmap for Fiji, which will see him in power for five more years.

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, told the ABC he has been convinced that some of Mr Bainimarama's plans were good for Fiji.

The president of the Australian-based Fiji Democracy Movement, Usaia Waqatairewa, says the people of Fiji feel betrayed by the Melanesian leaders' failure to stand up for them.

He says those country's leaders should not be respecting the Commodore, who gained power through a coup.


Anonymous said...

the statements by those at the MSG need to be carefully read, and once done, it will be clear that the support is of very limited compass, and guarded. so stop being dismayed.

Anonymous said...

Have some sympathy for these leaders caught between a rock and a hard place? They must engaged him - what else can they do? But at the same time I'm sure they see the reality of what has taken place - especially those with their own armed forces. Never underestimate PNG's special relationship with Australia.

Navosavakadua said...

Mr Anonymous who attacked Usaia Waqatairewa is a good example of the fools who support the Interim Government. He says that it's easy for people like Usaia to comment from the comfort of their homes in Australia and claims he doesn't speak for the people just trying to get on with their lives in Fiji.

Well Mr Anonymous, who else can speak for people in Fiji? With the dictator completely banning free speech only people outside the country or using the internet are able to give their opinions

And as for the "just getting on with their lives", don't you think that the loss of thousands of jobs, pay cuts and massive inflation caused by the devaluation - all caused by the incompetence of the tin-pot dictator and his greedy ministers - are what's making it difficult to "put food on the table". If you think life was just as hard before the economic destruction that followed the coup then your life is very different to most people I know.

Nobody appointed you or the army commander to speak on their behalf but they did appoint the politicians that the dictator removed at gun point.

mark manning said...

I have heard from a few sources outside of Fiji, that Frank can be very charming and convincing.
Then you have the added dilemma of the cultural issues between the various factions, clans and islands etc.
Anyone who understands this, could easily sway others into supporting his own agenda.
So, to undermine Frank's attempts at persuading the other members of the Pacific island forum , it is the job of the ordinary man in the street to try and convince those members, that Frank is lying and only looking out for himself.
Fijian civilians must also lobby those members to have Fiji returned to Democracy immediately, especially when you consider the destruction of the community, jobs, the sugar industry, the peacekeeping deployments, the economy, the increase in poverty, disease and the total destruction of the Fijian institutions and culture.
You must write to the appropriate members and advise them and petition them. Has anyone thought of doing an online E- petition for this purpose ?