#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Misguided 'Pacific in the Pacific' thinkers add to the problem

Friday, August 6, 2010

Misguided 'Pacific in the Pacific' thinkers add to the problem

We can rely on Frank Bainimarama to make the ill-informed comments that show that he's really just an arrogant thug who uses the military to get his own way.

This is, after all, the self-appointed leader who this week told Australian media that he was not sorry the News Limited-owned Fiji Times will close in two months. 

Quote: "I'll be glad that people like the Fiji Times will no longer be here. We'll have our ownership of the papers, so we'll have at least some support for what we're trying to do."

The same miffed Bainimarama also admitted he would never allow changes (read Fiji to return to democracy) because people were still talking about instability and he didn't trust the people.

One expects such village thinking from the junta leader but it's a worry to hear some of the naive talk coming out of this week's Pacific Islands Forum in Vanuatu.


The president of Kiribati, Anote Tong, was the biggest culprit  with his belief Pacific nations would be more successful in turning Bainimarama around.

Tong (pictured) said New Zealand and Australia should back off and allow Fiji's Pacific neighbour's a chance to try and get Fiji to engage. He said: "There's a feeling that there should be more Pacific in the Pacific."

"Pacific in the Pacific", or even better, "Pacific for Pacific" is a  fine sentiment but wrong on this occassion. Just two Pacific leaders have the skills to deal with Bainimarama and his cohorts - Niue's premier Toke Talagi and Samoa's Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi. 

The other countries, as we've seen with Tonga, swallow. 

New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister was another to muck up this week. McCully openly blamed the New Zealand media for what he said was the failure in the Forum Ministerial Contact Group to re-engage with
Fiji.

McCully said Fiji had invited the group but withdrew the invitation following the New Zealand media's coverage of the events.

"The interim Prime Minister made some strong statements when he saw what was in the New Zealand media coverage of the MCG press conference. 

"I am often moved to hostile thoughts when I see New Zealand media coverage as well," McCully said, implying that he understood Fiji's position. 

"We will have the opportunity to still come to Fiji and engage in meaningful dialogue." 

Sharon Smith-Johns would've been proud of you, McCully.

Someone who spoke some sense this week was the New Zealand prime minister, John Key, who blasted as a "ridiculous assertion" comments by Bainimarama that Australia and New Zealand should not be in the Pacific Islands Forum because they were "not Pacific Islanders".

Key was quick to retort: "We've always played a leadership role in the Pacific, we're going to continue to do that."

15 comments:

  1. Then Australia, take the blame for why democracy was not restored after 2001 Elections as they used their leadership roll to recognise Fiji immediately after the 2001 elections just to get the support from Fiji to unload their boat people into Fiji!!!!

    Ha Ha Ha - Leadership is that what you call democracy!!!

    Changing colours with chainging players as a matter of fact!

    This is the type of leadership that may be why Bai has become so hostile against Aussies.

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  2. Hey anonymous 7:44pm - have you been drinking that polluted ganges water again?

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  3. Anon at 7:44pm. Baini would've been hostile anyway, it's in his DNA, man!

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  4. Tong got too much media time this week, Kiribati hardly leading country. So old fashioned to think traditional gifts and kava bowl can sway pigheaded dictators. Tong out of his depth.

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  5. Re Anon at 7:44 this be the sort of comment Liu Muri makes. Are you he in drag and fishnets?

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  6. Hope NZ media bit back at this lame cretinous NZ politician. Idiot

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  7. What does this Kirifuck face know about the sufferings we've endured under this idiot......nothing so he should just mind his own back yard.

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  8. Tong is a professional beggar whose economy is more than 60% aid financed, A true coconut culture. Australia should take him off the pay roll.

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  9. there is definitely a time for pacific leaders to talk to each other and even for it to be pacific for pacific only but prez tong wrong if he thinks anything pac leaders say will get through to interium government.

    baini too devious for them and would eat them alive.

    anyway didnt really hear other pac leaders push tong idea...

    but really anyone who thinks taking it to the kava bowl and exchanging traditional gifts as in old ways will help are in te wrong vaka.

    baini would welcome it cos he gets better of nz and australia.

    this not about nz and australia lauding it over the pacific countries.

    it's about keeping the oressure on the dictator and getting him and his free loaders out.

    the pacific does not need a banana republic and a thug. starve him out.

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  10. Too many ridiculous anonymous people commenting on this article.

    What exactly was wrong with the Kiribati President's comment? In fact, what he said was the absolute truth.

    It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the back door maneuvering Australia and New Zealand have been employing to get their policies adopted by the rest of the Pacific island countries. One just have to look at the machinations by which PACER Plus came into being.

    The Pacific is no longer the Pacific as we used to know before.

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  11. @The Max.

    Reason the Pacific is no longer the Pacific we used to know probably has a lot to do with
    returning RFMF soldiers importing a nasty middle eastern virus - rule by violence (gun).

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  12. @ Max.....do you for real understand what this idiot is saying....pres of kiribat....answer me these questions Max:
    1. What part of Aust and NZ are not in the Pacific?,
    2. Who are these so called Pacific Isladers you are reffering to?,
    3. Show me on the world map the countries/continents/islands that are in the Pacific in proximity to Fiji?,
    4. Why should Aust and NZ should back off? and
    5. What has this pres of kiriuseless done for Fiji?.
    Max, do you understand what is even discussed here or are you just guessing and not even reading between the lines. Try and analyse before you write/comment.
    Thanks will be waiting for the answers.

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  13. Kiribati's two main exports are 1. Empty VB Beer cans and 2. Rubbish.

    Kiribati is not the same as Fiji.

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