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The leaders of the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Tuvalu, together with six foreign ministers attended the meet in Nadi, which was organised as part of the gathering of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.
They all endorsed Bainimarama’s roadmap which promises that a new Constitution will be drawn up next year with elections to follow in 2014.
New South Wales Chapter President, Usaia Peter Waqatairewa, says it's regrettable that democratically elected governments of the region have decided to supported a plan that Fiji Citizens were not even allowed to view, via their own media.
“The regional countries that have endorsed the strategic framework and roadmap have done so without considering the fact that these documents were drawn up without any consultation with Fiji Citizens, either individually or via their political representatives.”
Waqaitairewa says thes same regional countries were voted into office through democratic means.
“It is kind of hypocritical for them to be endorsing the false initiative of a dictatorship that draws its power from the barrel of a gun.”
The Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement is also appalled that regional countries have decided to endorse initiative proposed by an illegal government that continuous to defy a High Court ruling that have declared it as illegal back in April 2009.
“The regional leaders should learn from history that such important initiatives would not work unless accepted by the people and acceptance will not come if no prior consultations has been done. The people must own the initiative and this can only happen if there is widespread consultation by a team representing the various political interest and views of the people of Fiji."
Waqatiarewa says, "All we are asking for is for the regional leaders, especially our so called Melanesian Brothers, to really be honest with themselves and think - is it really normal for the majority of the people of Fiji to be accepting of a narcissistic leader who is persecuting members of the largest Christian denomination in Fiji, and who has ordered the detainment and beating of hundreds of people, the murder of others and have brought economic and social hardship on thousands of people he has forced into poverty?"