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Friday, May 14, 2010

CCF uses 23rd anniversary of first coup to push again for dialogue

The Citizens’ Constitutional Forum (CCF) is using today's (May 14) 23rd anniversary of the first coup to call again for the illegal government to start an inclusive political dialogue in Fiji to find a way back to sustainable elected democracy.

It's chief executive Reverend Aquila Yabaki says moving back to an elected government is the way forward for Fiji and the international community accepts that this can be done through an inclusive political dialogue.

"Since independence in 1970, Fiji’s economy has performed better under elected governments. Human rights and freedoms have been better enjoyed by people under elected governments.”

Yabaki says the coups in 1987, 2000 and 2006, by comparison, have resulted in economic stagnation, loss of investor confidence and a decline of quality leaders in Fiji, as many skilled people migrated and many remaining leaders do not want to contribute to unstable coup-ridden governments.

"In addition to loss of skilled labour, Fiji has missed out on development opportunities and rights and freedoms have been restricted due to coups.

“We don’t need a coup to end the coup cycle or to end racism, because we cannot break the supreme law of a country to protect the rule of law. Racism and coup culture can be ended by a simple commitment from all citizens of Fiji – including members of the military – not to engage in these activities."
Yabaki says Fiji needs to learn its lesson and stop repeating the mistakes of the past. 

"We can only do that by stopping the cycle of coups, and returning to a sustainable elected democratic government. Given the current state of the economy, the need for inclusive political dialogue, as envisaged by Fiji citizens who contributed to the People’s Charter process in 2008, is now more urgent than ever.”


Anonymous said...

Rev Rabaki pretty well encapsulates
current situation.

"we cannot break the supreme law of a country to protect the rule of law".

sara'ssista said...

and what is the point of dialogue with military entrenched in the publice service and government and it's own interests....that appears to now model itself on indoesia, burma, zimbabwe and north korea.If the pacific way of 'talkfesting' was going to work ..surely it would have ??

Anonymous said...

This dumb ass Rev is a two timer who is not worth listening to. When Vore took over he was shouting for joy, now he is singing a new tune. What an hypocrete.

Fiji First said...

Maybe the good reverend needs to take a leaf out of Rabuka's bookand apologise for getting it wrong.

Anonymous said...

Reverend not the problem (merely an onlooker)real foe is Bainimarama & cronies.