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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Regime hopes to escape full suspension

The military dictatorship regime is hopeful the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group will not take action against Fiji on 1st September - which is three days away.

The regime's Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola has told Fijilive the regime has written to the Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamlesh Sharma inviting a team from Commonwealth to visit Fiji next week.

On 31st July, CMAG in its extra-ordinary meeting had given Fiji until 1st September to give an unequivocal commitment to allow free and fair political dialogue to be facilitated by the Commonwealth and United Nations, otherwise it would be fully suspended from the Commonwealth. Currently Fiji is only suspended from the Commonwealth Council.

The Commonwealth has already appointed former New Zealand Governor-General and Chairman of the Constitution Review Commission Sir Paul Reeves to be the facilitator of political dialogue. The Reeves Commission report formed the basis of the 1997 Constitution that was abrogated by the regime on 10th April.

In mid last year the regime had expressed displeasure at Sir Paul's appointment as facilitator after he had already started work on facilitating political dialogue between the regime and political parties.

The regime has not made any public announcement how it views Sir Paul's re-appointment.

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