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Monday, July 19, 2010

MSG 'had enough of Bainimarama's double talk'

Opinion piece by Suliaisi Daunitutu

It has come to light the back flip by the Ministerial Spearhead Group had much deeper logical motives behind it, and explains much more than what meets the eye after their endorsement of the Strategic Framework for change. 

A research fellow at the University of the South Pacific, whose identity I will not disclose, happened to be present at the MSG plus meeting.  He has enlightened a group of academics at the Australian National University,  of how members of the MSG had cut a clear path through Bainimarama’s ideology and vision choosing to be receptive of the John Sami-authored document, so there is always a lifeline available to the MSG for dialogue.  

He admitted that Vanuatu has never supported Bainimarama, much less the proposed “way forward to a sustainable democracy.”
In his final conclusion of the chain of events and Bainimarama’s contemptuous stance, he reiterated that “they have had enough of Bainimarama’s double talk.”
The meet, attended by Tonga and Kiribati who were not part of the Melanesian Spearhead group, were “very clued on to the issue” he said.  It is my assumption that Bainimarama would have attempted to convince those present to his ideals, ideals which are fast becoming humorous and unbearable as much as they are impractical, not to mention illegal.
This answers many questions about the MSG leaders, with the exception of Michael Somare.  The MSG leaders have given Bainimarama every chance to approach dialogue and left their forum open to him as the olive branch to connect Fiji to the PIF, and hopefully all those who have turned their backs and closed their doors on Fiji.  An honorable gesture, unfortunately, met with arrogance and self-centred motivation.
The Pacific Island Forum is coming up next month and it would be interesting to hear what the members have to say about the decision the group made, and Fiji’s position in the Pacific, which is now more despondent than ever.
The thoughts of former forum chair, Toke Talagi, which was also echoed y the British Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs for the Pacific, Chris Bryant, now becomes a very realistic option.  As much as I hate the idea, Talagi's words, “Fijians should rise up and challenge Bainimarama” maybe an option or the only option open to us.

4 comments:

ex Fiji tourist said...

Great article @

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/fijis-dictators-mustnt-get-away-with-censorship-attempt/story-e6frg996-1225893671822

Anonymous said...

Removal of racist policies, ending corruption, removal of an incompetent however elected government, no military man will benefit from the coup, visionary reforms, the stories sounded pretty good and a few leaders in the region may have believed that Bainimarama was serious and honest. In the meantime even the optimists in Melanesia would make fools of themselves not seeing what this is all about: Protecting the dictator from prosecution, filling his pockets, a big land grab and numerous hand outs for an increasing number of brown nosers and hangers on. Even Somare must start to feel uncomfortable teaming up with such a regime. No-one and nothing will however remove the regime. Unfortunately, for those who believe to wake up one morning and everything is fine, Talagi's words are true. We will have to challenge the dictator. If we do it after the economy is completely collapsed and we hurt from serious hardship or if we do it earlier is up to us.

Anonymous said...

Enough of the talk, the next step is to build up a regional military taskforce with the aid of the USA and Pacific Forum Island countries to invade Fiji and overthrow this illegal regime and lynch them all.

All of Fiji's citizens will welcome the taskforce and join in the lynching.

tim said...

Mr Daunitutu,

I am no fan of Banimarama but your article left me with a number of questions;

(1) who is this bogus research fellow from USP? If you are not prepared to name him/her it means nothing. You could be making it up;
(2) Last time I checked, the MSG Plus meeting was called off by Natapei of Vanuatu. So how come this 'research fellow' attended a meeting that never happened?
(3) who are these group of ANU academics and why should we care about them? They are academics not policymakers. They do not live in the real world.
(4) Vanuatu has no business interfering with Fiji's sovereignty. Natapei has shown himself to be a liar and a 'liumuri'. He does not have the guts to go to Fiji himself and talk to Bainimarama face to face.
(5) the Pacific Forum needs Fiji more than Fiji needs the Forum. Mark my words, the next diplomat to be expelled will be Neroni Slade. Where will that leave the Forum?
(6) Dont put too much weight on Tokailagi of Niue. He is a NZ citizen and will do what his masters in Wellington will tell him. Niue has a population of about 1,500. The weight of their voice in world affairs is not worth worrying about
(7) I agree that Fijians should get off their ass and stand up to Bainimarama. But who will lead them?

Thise arejJust some realities that you need to factor in

(from a long time observer of the Pacific)