The first report has emerged from the one-day conference of the Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement in Quenbeyan in Canberra.
Iva Tora, a reporter from the Sydney based magazine, Drum Pasifika, says the forum has accepted the draft 10-point plan as a blueprint for the restoration of democracy to Fiji.
She says the conference got underway this morning with a preliminary meeting and a discussion on internal strategies. Those attending include ANU academics Professor Brij Lal and Dr Jon Fraenkel, plus democray movement leaders and supporters from NSW, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Dr Fraenkel said the movement had started to lose some momentum but felt reinvigorated in its fight for democracy by the recent crisis triggered by Lt-Col Roko Uli Mara’s departure for Tonga and joining the opposition against Fiji’s military regime.
The 10-point plan was stitched together by Profesor Brij Lal, Dr Fraenkel and ANU Phd student, Jone Baledrokadroka, and is expected to be presented at the meeting of the Forum Secretariat in Auckland later this year.
Mara will be speaking soon.