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Monday, January 10, 2011

WikiLeaks: NZ holds its Commonwealth position on Fiji

TESTY RELATIONS: McCully and Bainimarama.
 
"Bainimarama has no interest under current conditions in moving toward democracy or in stepping down from his position of leadership in Fiji. He has "settled in for the long haul."-Murray McCully

February 27, 2009 New Zealand Foreign Minister insists Commonwealth hold the line on Fiji
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/27/2026 TAGS: PREL, PGOV, FJ, NZ SUBJECT: NEW ZEALAND FOREIGN MINISTER INSISTS COMMONWEALTH HOLD THE LINE ON FIJI Classified By: Embassy Wellington CDA David J. Keegan. Reasons E.O. 129 58, 1.4 (b) and (d). 

1. (C) Charge met with Foreign Minister Murray McCully February 26 at his request. McCully said that he is departing over the weekend for London to participate in the Commonwealth Meeting on Fiji. He explained that Papua New Guinea Foreign Minister Samuel Abal and himself would be the two Pacific participants in the meeting. He added that the PNG FM would be a strong voice at the meeting and would be "less mercurial" than PNG Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare. 

2. (C) Two years after the Commonwealth suspended Fiji in response to Commodore Frank Bainimarama's coup, McCully said, the Commonwealth meeting should move to take further steps on Fiji as its rules call for. When McCully spoke to Abal recently by phone, Abal said that his position on the matter was equally clear: "two years is two years is two years." The Commonwealth should also show that it is prepared to defer to the Pacific Island Forum (PIF), which has spoken clearly on Fiji. McCully rejected claims that the PIF and its posture on Fiji are being directed by Australia and New Zealand. He noted that the outspoken comments earlier in the week by Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Aiono Sailele Malielegoai, subsequently endorsed by Tonga PM Feleti Sevele, provided clear evidence that the Pacific Island Countries themselves were strongly concerned about Fiji. The only exceptions, McCully suggested, might be Tuvalu and Kiribati. Otherwise he was confident that the PIF would hold solidly to its commitment to suspend Fiji in May. He added, however, that MFAT officials were less confident on this score than he was. 

3. (C) McCully said that New Zealand remained committed to being helpful to Fiji, and the government will avoid any public confrontations, but he said he saw no evidence that Fiji interim leader Frank Bainimarama had any inclination to accept such help. Nor would he be influenced by any change in the sanctions against him. Bainimarama has no interest under current conditions in moving toward democracy or in steppingdown from his position of leadership in Fiji. He has "settled in for the long haul." If the Pacific Island Forum, the Commonwealth, or others reduce sanctions against the regime, Bainimarama will pocket the "victory." After the Commonwealth meeting, the next landmark would be the PIF meeting in May. Fiji needs to listen, McCully said, but he confessed he was not optimistic.
KEEGAN (Scoop.co.nz)

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

There is absolutely no incentive for Vore to go back to democratic elections. Right now he is getting hundreds of thousands of dollars more than he did every year, can do anything he wants in Fiji without fear of repurcussion, spends any amount of taxpayer dollars on anything he feels like and if there's not enough borrows from countries like China without any thought of the future and travels freely around the world. Giving up his power will increase the possibility of him going to jail and losing his grip on the army (through paying them using taxpayer dollars) which is the only thing keeping him in place. Go back to being just a plain old army commander??.. no brainer there, only dying will remove him from that position hopefully sooner rather than later.

Jake said...

And who exactly is this McNut fellow oh that fellow the dipstick from NZ.

It would be in this guy's best interest to engage Bainimarama.

Its election year McCully there is approximately 20000 Fijians in NZ that would very much like to see your party tossed out into the streets.

Jake

Anonymous said...

RATU SAID.
ITS TIME FOR LESS TALK AND MILITARY ACTION IN FIJI.
WE NEED RAMSI IN FIJI JUST LIKE SOLOMON ISLAND.
IF NOT BANI WILL SELL FIJI TO CHINA/MALAYSIA.
WE WANT OUR ELECTED GOVT RESTORED BACK .
PLS AUSS/NZ/USA HELP FIJI.

Anonymous said...

There is only one very simple solution:Discharge all Fijian soldiers working under the United Nations.