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Sunday, November 7, 2010

US urges Fiji to return to democracy

MELBOURNE, Nov 7 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged Fiji's military regime to return the Pacific island nation to democracy.



"We're going to be working, together, with Australia to persuade the military government in Suva to meet its commitment to bring democracy back to Fiji," Clinton said in a speech in Melbourne, where she was attending defence and diplomatic talks with Australia.


Fiji's self-appointed Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama came to power in a coup 19 months ago and dismissed the country's judiciary and many public servants.


"In the short term, we would like to see steps that advance political freedoms, such as allowing professional civilians to return to key government ministries," Clinton said, according to a U.S. pool reporter.


Australia and New Zealand have repeatedly called for fresh elections promised by Bainimara, but he has delayed going to the polls.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think he's waiting for the military regime in Burma to return the country there to democracy first, before doing the same in Fiji.

mark manning said...

In my view, as a non indigenous Fijian looking in from the outside, I believe that this is a defining moment in Fiji's future.
Frank Bainimarama, cannot be the scapegoat if peace and prosperity to fiji is to prevail once and for all.
Perhaps there just needs to be a distinction between Cultural and Political aspects in Fiji, understood and taught at all levels of Fijian Society.
Furthermore, an acceptance by non indigenous Fijians, of the status quo, that Land Ownership in Fiji, is linked and an inseparable part of Fijian Society and that it is not based on prejudice against non indigenous Fijians, but is part of who they are.
Unless and until every Fijian Citizen accepts that each has a responsibility under the Law and adheres to the Rule of Law under the Constitution, there can be no guarantee of Democracy as before.
All issues, could have been and can be once again, dealt with by a legitimate Government, but only if that Government is held accountable to the people it serves.
And it's at elections, that Democratic Governments are brought before the people, for their judgement.
For the people, by the people.
All involved in and responsible for this and previous coups, must be brought before the Courts and dealt with in a transparent and legitimate manner, before the people of Fiji.
Frank Bainimarama could not have achieved his goals without the assistance, direction and financial backing of many of Fiji's Citizens.
All responsible for their illegal overthrowing of Fiji's Legitimate Parliament must be held accountable under the Law.
The division within Fijian Society, does not just come between non indigenous and indigenous Fijians, it also is between clans, villages and Chiefs, it seem and this needs to be spoken about at Community level and addressed.
Any one Citizen of Fiji who supported a push to depose a Legally elected Government and it's elected Ministers, is as guilty of high Treason as are the perpetrators of that coup d'tate.
Hilary Clinton's insistence and request for a return to Democracy, once again in its short history of Independence, opens a fresh page on Fiji's Diplomatic efforts to return Fiji to a fruitful and prosperous future and that opportunity should be ceased upon now.
All Fijians should look into the mirror and ask themselves this question " did I contribute to this coup, did my views, my inaction, by complicity or unwillingness to speak out or speak up, contribute to this and previous coups " ?
The temptation to lay blame must be left to the Lawful Authority, not to individuals, and those who choose to take the Law into their own hands, must be brought before the Courts, as well those who aid and abet them.
" A Tiny Ripple of Hope " :- Robert F. Kennedy

God Bless Fiji.

mark manning said...

Part 2 of 2 :-

Frank Bainimarama could not have achieved his goals without the assistance, direction and financial backing of many of Fiji's Citizens.
All responsible for their illegal overthrowing of Fiji's Legitimate Parliament must be held accountable under the Law.
The division within Fijian Society, does not just come between non indigenous and indigenous Fijians, it also is between clans, villages and Chiefs, it seem and this needs to be spoken about at Community level and addressed.
Any one Citizen of Fiji, who supported a push to depose a Legally Elected Government and it's Elected Ministers, is as guilty of High Treason, as are the perpetrators of that coup d'tate.
Hilary Clinton's insistence and request for a return to Democracy, once again in its short history of Independence, opens a fresh page on Fiji's Diplomatic efforts to return Fiji to a fruitful and prosperous future and that opportunity should be ceased upon now.
All Fijians should look into the mirror and ask themselves this question " did I contribute to this coup, did my views, my inaction, by complicity or unwillingness to speak out or speak up, contribute to this and previous coups " ?
The temptation to lay blame must be left to the Lawful Authority, not to individuals, and those who choose to take the Law into their own hands, must be brought before the Courts, as well those who aid and abet them.
" A Tiny Ripple of Hope " :- Robert F. Kennedy

God Bless Fiji.

Jake said...

We don't need democracy, Fiji is doing fine as it is. The fine leadership of Bai and the Kalou Vu.

Jake

Anonymous said...

Yep,there is only one way to teach a bully a lesson and that is for a bigger bully to give him a beating.

The US has made its intention known that they will now take a keen interest in the affairs of the Pacific. Those soldiers up at the camp better redeem themselves in the eyes of the public by dismantling this misguided coup and arresting all the senior officers responsible for this mess.

Hillary has spoken, now the lamusona Bainimarama is living on borrowed time. The full brunt of the law must come down on these traitors and I support the gallows for everyone of them in order to deter other commanders from following the same misguided path.

Jake said...

The over explanation by a drongo is doing my head in here let me simplify it for you on the one corner is the US and the other is China the US under the Obama administration has suffered a massive defeat at the hands of the Conservatives and they are all out to once again stamp their authority on the world more so the Pacific.

Where China has made inroads to
sort of control the Pacific Nations by way of financial handouts now enters the other drongo the ex Prime Minister come Foreign Minister with a flaccid hard on for Fiji demanding Democracy.

Hang on a minute! What’s happened to the Aboriginal’s have they been given full autonomy of their land?

Maybe the Aboriginal's ought to cede Australia to China aye.

Jake

Anonymous said...

Too right Mark,coup sympathisers should also be jailed.

Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles Darwin stated,"He who allows oppression, shares the crime".

Anonymous said...

"It is a paradox that every dictator like Voreqe has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own.”

Voreqe is nothing but a common criminal and a leech who thoroughly deserves the death penalty.

Jake said...

The IMF loan has disappeared into thin air like the Natadola communique. Poor old Bhaini has as much credibility as lord haw haw of horowhenua.
And sharon - where are you hiding? Is it dark where you have your head?

Anonymous said...

Seems like Hillary has finally made public that Voreqe is doing an illegal act.It alsi signals a green light for any officer and soldier up at QEB to overthrow Kapitan Katukau.

Any officer and soldier who leads the country back to democracy by force should be made commander and a national heroes and in this instance I am willing to support giving them all an immunity from presecution decree.

BTW, please get rid of Voreqe in the process so that we can spare the country the expense of keeping this criminal in jail.This clown has already cost the country billions in lost revenue and irreparable psychological stress.

mark manning said...

The death penalty no longer exists in Fiji.
It would be a far better deterrent to anyone contemplating behaving in alike manner, for him and his supports, to languish in jail until they die there.
Does anyone know how long George Speight got ?

Anonymous said...

PLEASE DON'T KILL VOREQE, LET HIM LIVE TO SEE AND EXPERIENCE HIS OWN MISERABLE DOWNFALL ... WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T TAKE OUT THIS DICTATOR, KEEP HIM ALIVE, HE WILL KILL HIMSELF SLOWLY, SAVE YOURSELF FROM BEING A MURDERER, VOREQE WILL DO THE JOB HIMSELF!!!

Anonymous said...

ALL RUBBISH ONE SIDED NEWS,CRAP.

Anonymous said...

"ALL RUBBISH ONE SIDE NEWS, CRAP".

Bet that's eitheir Croz or that ugly red headed mercenary witch?

Anonymous said...

Who in the devil is talking death penalty and executions?!

HELL NO puhlizze!!

Let them serve out their punishments in jail, I for one can think of 1000+1 ways to skin these tomcats and their sapota stray cats - let's get very creative and make them suffer s-l-o-w-l-y...

Anonymous said...

Still of belief turning Nukulau into a functional working prison island theme park has legs?
Arranged meet & greet on the beach - photo opportunities etc...
Eitheir that or Rotumah? (flies).