Saturday, March 20, 2010
Less of the flights of fancy, please
Whether this leads to more amiable relations depends less on the gestures of the two regional super powers and more on the integrity and intent of Fiji's self-appointed leader and his advisors.
Frank Bainimarama has had little to say about the quick support of New Zealand and Australia, other than to agree it was "very good, very good", when asked by a reporter to say something this week.
Much of the analysis and the over enthusiastic praise (and sentiments of hope) in the past few days has come from New Zealand and Australian observers, with the Fiji hierarchy remaining typically aloof.
These are unusual times but the status quo has not changed: Bainimarama and his cohorts have a long way to go to prove they deserve the support of the international community.
As Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister, Stephen Smith, said yesterday: 'We, of course, have a strong difference with the Fiji interim government. But we have no difference with the Fiji people and no difficulty in rendering Fiji, the people of Fiji, humanitarian assistance, as we have in the past.”
New Zealand and Australia’s support this week is a qualified one, and that’s the way it needs to stay until Bainimarama does right by the people.