#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: 2009-12-20

Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Bainimarama welcomes Key's comments

The leader of Fiji's interim government has told an ethnic radio station in Auckland it's good news that New Zealand Prime Minister John Key wants renewed engagement.

Mr Key this week told Radio Tarana he's in the process of writing to Commodore Frank Bainimarama to try to engage him in dialogue.

Commodore Bainimarama told the station he's encouraged by the change of stance, as Fiji would like to continue dialogue with the Govenrments of New Zealand and Australia.

Last month Fiji expelled New Zealand's top diplomat in Suva - the third head of mission to be made to leave Fiji in three years.

Commodore Bainimarama says the return of High Commmissioners to Fiji and New Zealand would be part of relations becoming normal between the two countries -Radio NZ

John Key changes tune over Fiji

The New Zealand government has admitted that it has no right to dictate rules that should be in place for Fiji.

Prime Minister John Key yesterday said this as they now seek to have dialogue with Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

Mr Key said he would be writing a letter to Mr Bainamarama seeking renewed engagement which would be a change of stance from New Zealand.

Ministry of Information Permanent Secretary and Army spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Neumi Leweni said government has welcomed the news as it comes in as a positive sign.

"It is a positive sign and all Fiji wants is for New Zealand to understand Fiji's situation," Mr Leweni said.

Mr Key told Radio Tarana in an interview that they are not anti-Frank Bainimarama.

"We have been a bit disappointed with the way things have gone this year.

“We are not - anti-Frank Bainimarama.

“We do want to see democracy restored in Fiji. And we are prepared to do whatever it takes - as financial sources and human sources - to allow that to take place," Mr Key said.

"It's not for New Zealand to dictate the rules that should be in place for Fiji - but it's going be a genuine engagement - where the other political parties are part of the process because if they are not then our views wont be sustainable."

Mr Key said that discussions are ongoing between Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and his New Zealand counterpart Murray McCully to see the return of a NZ High Commissioner to Fiji.

"Let's see how things go and I'd like to see the same tract that we were on before Todd Cleaver was declared persona-non-grata and you know that would be our preference because there are about 20,000 visas issued to Fiji in a year - so having a commission in operation in Suva is important," Mr Key added - Fiji Sun