The heat is apparently being put on the illegal leader of Fiji to take strong action against Tonga over Minerva Reef. Information sighted suggests political advisors want Frank Bainimarama to be more assertive and act to protect Fiji's interest. It appears the current feeling in Suva is that if Bainimarama can't protect Fiji's EEZ, how can he protect Fiji and her people?
The regime has been exploring its options under the Marine Space Act, which allows it to flex its navy muscle but the general opinion is that national interest and security is at risk and Bainimarama needs to step up. Sources say no one wants Fiji to go to war but Bainimarama needs to make it clear to Tonga that Fiji will not hesitate to use force if its EEZ is breached.
They say Tonga needs to be told not to erect the second beacon but wait for dialogue to settle the issue. Sources also say it's believed Tonga is taking advantage of the recent situation with Roko Ului Mara where it got away with whisking him off to Nukualofa, where he also escaped extradition orders. They say there was no reaction from Tonga when Fiji destroyed the beacon last year but it now seems to be going to particular lengths to prove its claim over Minerva.
Read the document that urges Bainimarama to step up