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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Bainimarama: the UN speech

Mr President, I extend to you, and this Assembly, our warm greetings: Ni sa Bula vinaka. I congratulate you, Mr. President, on your election to the Presidency of this, the 64th session of the General Assembly.

I pay tribute to your predecessor, His Excellency Father Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann for presiding over the 63rd Session with great sensitivity and also bringing a human face to our work.

Mr. President,the 64th Session of the General Assembly will be addressing important contemporary issues of interest to all member nations. These issues include seeking out effective responses to global crises, strengthening multilateralism and dialogue on international peace, security and development. These issues are indeed of critical importance to my own country, a small island developing state, which has been enriched by its membership and participation in the United Nations.

Mr. President, Fiji and its people, like all small developing island states, are among the first victims of contemporary global crises such as the financial and economic crisis, the swine flu pandemic, and most dramatic of all, the phenomenon of climate change. In small economies such as ours, these global events have a very real effect on the daily livelihoods of our people.

For our part, we have attempted to respond to some of these crises by making policy changes and adjustments, encouraging our people to grow their own food, and discouraging food imports wherever possible. Over the last two years the size of the public service has been rationalized.

We have maintained a very streamlined Cabinet structure and significantly controlled
government operational costs. Mr. President, there have been critics of the events in Fiji since December 2006, when the military, with great reluctance was forced to remove the then government of Fiji. I believe that these critics are largely unaware of the extent to which politicians, in league with those who employ terror as a tactic to push a racial supremacy and corrupt agenda, had become a threat to the safety and security of our people.

Terrorism has become a global issue and it impacts Fiji as well. We are fully cooperating in the international effort to control and contain this scourge.
Mr. President, next year on October the 10th, Fiji will celebrate the 40th year of its independence and the 40th anniversary of our membership of the United Nations. We embraced our independence full of enthusiasm, excited by the prospect of deciding our own future and believing that our community as a whole would work together in order to achieve a better life for all our people. Our path has not been smooth or easy.

His Excellency the President of Fiji abrogated the Constitution on 10 April of this year. He took this step when the Court of Appeal ruling created a legal vacuum, a constitutional anomaly which would have also prevented the implementation of the reforms which were mandated by him, to achieve a truly democratic state.
On 1st July, of this year I announced a road map intended to lead Fiji to a new Constitution, and elections based on equality, equal suffrage, human rights, justice, transparency, modernity and true democratic ideals.

Mr. President, I and my Government were mandated to carry out and continue the reforms which will ensure that true, democratic, non-communal, and equal suffrage based elections for parliamentary representation are held by September 2014. A roadmap to implement this mandate was announced on 1st July of this year.
Together with stringent steps to protect our economy from the effects of the world economic crisis, work will commence on a new Constitution by September 2012. The basis for the new Constitution will be the ideals and principles formulated by the People's Charter for Change and Progress, a document prepared following widespread consultations with, and input from, the people of Fiji.

The People's Charter was adopted by His Excellency the President after the endorsement of the majority of the People of Fiji. Mr. President, work on the new Constitution will involve consultations with all the ordinary citizens of our country as well as civil society groups. Consultations will focus on issues such as the size of the new parliament, the sustainability of a bi-cameral system, the term of office of a government and systems of accountability of government to the people.

Mr. President, the new Constitution, implementing the reforms and the result of extensive consultations, will be in place by September 2013. This will give the people of Fiji, a year to become familiar with its provisions before elections in September 2014.

There have been critics of this time line. These critics ask why work on the new constitution will not commence before September 2012. The answer is very simple, at least to those who know and understand Fiji's history. Fiji has had a colonial history which created many anomalies and inequalities, the legacy of which resonates today. Consequently and of the making of the politicians, our post-colonial period has been punctuated with political instability.

On each occasion that a new government is voted into power, the old elite which benefited financially from the previous established government has been able to successfully destabilize the government and to replace it with its own supporters and representatives. This was only possible because those institutions of the State which were supposed to protect democracy and democratic values, instead colluded with the elite, to destabilize and replace the new government. That is not all.

Fiji has suffered more than 20 years of mismanagement, corruption, and nepotism. Our
infrastructure, our judicial system, and our systems of accountability have all remained underdeveloped and unproductive. Many of our finest brains have left the country to migrate, because they could see no future in a country governed by ethno-nationalism, corruption and greed. In order to ensure that democracy has a real chance of survival in Fiji's future, serious, and principled reforms must be implemented to build roads, institutions and values.

Together with infrastructure, the hearts and minds of our people must adopt and cherish true democracy. The way of the old elite must never triumph again.
There must be reforms before elections, to ensure that democracy is sustainable for Fiji's long term future. The people of Fiji, deserve better than the short term band-aid solutions we have experienced over the past decades.

Mr. President, I ask for patience and understanding particularly from our neighbours who have shown a surprising lack of understanding and disregard of the peculiar situation which our country has experienced since independence. Put another way, Mr. President, there is an almost blind faith that once independence has been granted to those who were under colonial rule, and the machinery of democracy begins to work, that the country concerned would have plain sailing. Nothing could be further from the truth.

I invite the international community to engage with us, visit our country to see the situation for themselves and to provide practical support and assistance to enable us to implement the reforms. Mr. President, history is replete with the struggles of people the world over for self determination, to be free from subjugation and foreign domination. Our own experience should have provided some indication if one is needed, how difficult it has been for us to achieve true, genuine and sustainable democracy.

Read full speech here - http://www.mediafire.com/?mzdyw1nlozj

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

As usual always full of hot air and bullshit!

Anonymous said...

Lies, lies and more lies..............

siti said...

Can we have more analysis please and less vitriol? It won't be worth visiting this site if all we get is mindless abuse. For what it is worth this is my analysis-
Assuming that Bai is sincere, this speech is a request for respect for our sovereignty and independence. Also a statement that Fiji's situation must be assessed historically and in the light of the fact that no democratically elected government which does not spout communalism and racial supremecy has been allowed to remain in office.His rationale is that to achieve true democracy we have to first dismantle by military "persuasion" those racist and undemocratic structures and values.
Assuming he is not sincere, it is a plea for time so he can stay in power longer.
I would say that because the international community has imposed sanctions, it will be hard to say, (if he fails) whether he failed because he didn't mean what he said, or because the sanctions prevented the people of Fiji from helping him?

Anonymous said...

Baini looks quite distinguished in that photo. LOL!

mark manning said...

I decided this morning, to finally try and read the dribble that is Frank's speech, and concluded, that it is indeed that, dribble !

" I believe that these critics are largely unaware of the extent to which politicians, in league with those who employ terror as a tactic to push a racial supremacy and corrupt agenda, had become a threat to the safety and security of our people. "

Is this statement, Frank looking at his own reflection ?

" Terrorism has become a global issue and it impacts Fiji as well. We are fully co-operating in the international effort to control and contain this scourge. "

Say what ?
Frank and Co. are the terrorists !
High Treason is an act of terror, especially when you consider the tactics Frank and his coup supporters have adopted.
Abductions and beatings of unarmed male and female Fijian Civilians, one pregnant, false imprisonment, torture and murder, along with the plundering of the Treasury and destruction of the Cultural aspects of Fijian Society.
The total lack of respect for those of Authority and various other Human Rights abuses.

" His Excellency the President of Fiji abrogated the Constitution on 10 April of this year. He took this step when the Court of Appeal ruling created a legal vacuum, a constitutional anomaly which would have also prevented the implementation of the reforms which were mandated by him, to achieve a truly democratic state.
On 1st July, of this year I announced a road map intended to lead Fiji to a new Constitution, and elections based on equality, equal suffrage, human rights, justice, transparency, modernity and true democratic ideals. "

In these two paragraphs, Frank suggests that the President wasn't able to appoint a new Caretaker Prime Minister, should Mr. Qarase resign, as suggested by the Court of Appeal and says that
" HE " decided on a road map !
But at the same moment, he fails to mention the Court of Appeal's decision that his appointment as Interim Prime Minister, was recognised as being an Illegal appointment by that same President.

" Mr. President, I and my Government were mandated to carry out and continue the reforms which will ensure that true, democratic, non-communal, and equal suffrage based elections for parliamentary representation are held by September 2014. A roadmap to implement this mandate was announced on 1st July of this year. :

I and " My Government " were " Mandated to carry out " !
This is an interesting and convenient but flawed appraisal of the events which actually transpired.

I could go on, but what's the point.

Anonymous said...

@ siti.

Don't know what planet you've been living on? But what you say simply does'nt make sense?
Sovereighty & independence?
These people took & retain power via the gun. They passed a decree stating that all PS over 55 must retire - but not them - him.
Their leader & his cohorts gave themselves outragous payout figures for backpay he (they) claimed they were owed.
As for racial supremecy?
You want the Taukei to become 2nd class citizens in their own land? Indian were not invited or brought here by the indigenous land owners. There is no malice in this - merely a cultural reality. (if he fails?)Strongly suggest you check history? Success of military dictators down thru the ages? Bainimarama & associates are little more than oppurtunists
who now suddenly realise their in it over their heads.
Try this?
If your unhappy with your mechanic - dentist - whatever - you change - its not perfect but that's what democracies all about -choice - alternatives.
Don't come here offering excuses for people who are little more than incompetent thugs & bully's.

Assure you - he - they - are no saviours - there in this for one thing & one thing only - themselves.

mark manning said...

Frank is only interested in his own skin and not going to jail.
The loss of revenue from the E.U. for the sugar industry and the U.N.'s peace keeping deployments being suspended, has brought his date with destiny much closer.
Frank doesn't care about his fellow citizens, never has, never will.
Anyone who still things that he cares, is living in the twilight zone like Frank and Co.

Anonymous said...

I got the strong feeling he spoke from the heart.A patriot I believe.

Anonymous said...

"I get the strong feeling he spoke
from the heart. A patriot".

Heart? Try hip pocket - as for patriot? Too ridiculous for comment. Nice try Epeli.

Anonymous said...

@ anonymous 6:32 - you got it wrong, he spoke not from the heart but from some orifice in his nether regions. A patriot? I beg to differ. A parrot!? I wholeheartedly agree. This idiot doesn't have the sense and know-how to string together a coherent sentence in English.

Anonymous said...

Thank God that Fiji has such a brave knight in Mark Manning to defend democracy and explain why the old order was so much better than the new.

So Frank "dribbles" and "lives in the twilight zone"? This is vitally important information for all Fiji citizens and I'm shocked to be hearing it here for the first time.

Mark, I'm forever grateful for this fresh insight into why our dictator behaves as he does.

You must be very wise but perhaps that dreadful Real Fiji News is right when it says you have special access to official Australian intelligence on this kind of thing.

Are the Aussies so advanced in the science of eavesdropping that they've been able to capture Frank's dribbling on their phone taps?

I think all of us living in the twilight zone should be told, Mark, don't you?

mark manning said...

Every mobile phone in the world, is a homing device for Satellites.
It's easy to listen into any conversation, anywhere in the world, anytime.
The same goes for computers, texts, e-mails etc.
Haven't you seen the Movie " Enemy of the State " ?
It was as far back as 1998 ! So the technology has been around for a long long time !
I believe that 30 years ago, the Americans could even read a Newspaper on Earth, from space !
That's how secrets and other information were smuggled out of the U.S.S.R.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTzl0PzPiK0&feature=related

Sadly, Frank will be known as " enema of the State " .
http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=33873511

Frank's reality !
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WudBfRa0ETw&feature=related

Anonymous said...

@ M & M.

Treat above critism with the contempt it deserves.
Cannot speak for others but I appreciate & value your continued contributions to this & others forums.
Tell it like it is - simple & truthful logic really stress's em out. Try too understand their position? Imagine trying to defend the indefencible?

mark manning said...

Thanks for the support.
It's not about the old order and the new, these are just new sayings to further distract the distractible, from the reality !
High Treason is High Treason, nothing more, nothing less.

Anonymous said...

@siti

Where have you been since 2006 you misinmformed miscreant!

Try assessing things factually without sucking up to this regime with your false comments!

Anonymous said...

Don't get me wrong, all you uptight Mark Manning acolytes, I also value his contribution to this and other forums. If he didn't exist, we'd have to invent him.

Screaming "treason" at every turn and speechless with indignation at every utterance of the "Baini", MM is a valued symbol of why Fiji is better off under the new order just when it comes to entertainment.

I must say, Mark, that dictatorship has given you a sense of purpose that was sorely missing in your miserable life just three short years ago.

I've seen the glint in the yalewas' eyes at successive pro-democracy gatherings in Sydney, which would be a lot less convincing without your noble presence. And I've seen the knowing way you respond, a bit like the main man in "Flight of the Conchords".

As the old saying goes, Mark, be careful of what you wish for.

If Frank B were to call an early poll, what would you do on your vacant weekends and how would you fill your lonely nights?

Isa. I shudder to think.

Anonymous said...

Frank looks like a cornered rat in that photo.

Anonymous said...

Mark Manning gives us an informative explanation about how telephones are tapped. He doesn't tell us if telephone tapping in Fiji is legal if done without a warrant. Nor does he tell us that if done by a foreign government on members of the Fiji government, it is a breach of the diplomatic conventions because it constitutes spying. Nor does he tell us if it is a breach of the right to privacy, protected in most human rights conventions. We must all condemn such a human rights breach surely? Or is it only breaches of rights by the interim government that we must condemn?