Thursday, August 6, 2009
NZ and Aust PM's reject call to rise up''
The prime ministers of New Zealand and Australia have both rejected a call by the outgoing chairman of the Pacific Forum for people in Fiji to rise up.
John Key and Kevin Rudd yesterday both said the suggestion was unhelpful and any solution must be a peaceful one.
The Forum's outgoing chair, Toke Talagi, yesterday said in his opening speech at the Pacific Leaders Forum in Cairns that people in Fiji should rise up and take the future into their own hands.
Mr Talagi (pictured above right) said interim prime minister Frank Bainimarama's road map to free elections by 2014 was unacceptable.
"Perhaps citizens of Fiji must now rise up to challenge the undemocratic rule of the military regime and restore democracy for the sake of their children's future."
The premier of Niue later told reporters: "I would wonder sometimes if people realise you can't shoot 500,000 Fijians. And you can't use the tactics you are using at the moment if you rise up peacefully."
Mr Talagi said he was not advocating violence.
The prime minister of New Zealand, John Key, rejected the call saying: "You can't have a good coup and a bad coup."
Forum chairman Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, condemned the recent treatment of the Methodist church leaders, but said any solution in Fiji should be peaceful.