#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Fiji: once a founding Forum member but now just looking in from the outside

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fiji: once a founding Forum member but now just looking in from the outside

PIF IN CAIRNS, 2009: The year Fiji was kicked out.

As the Pacific Islands Forum celebrates its 40th anniversary in Auckland, Fiji's chair at the Forum will be empty for a third year.

Fiji will get mentioned but it is not expected to take centre stage in Forum discussions and neither will it be a priority for a majority of the Pacific leaders who are adamant it should not be allowed back into the fold just yet.
Founded in 1971, the Pacific Islands Forum was originally called the South Pacific Forum. The first meeting was held in New Zealand where Fiji was represented by the late Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, the prime minister at the time.

Fiji was suspended from the Forum in 2009 after failing to set a date for elections as promised.
Since that suspension, Fiji hasn't been allowed to take part in block events or receive development funding from the Forum.  Instead, it has turned to the Melanesian Spearhead Group made up of Papua New Guinea, Solomons Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji, for support.

Last week, Frank Bainimarama called a meeting of the MSG in Nadi under the umbrella name of Engaging in the Pacific, obviously wanting to overshadow this week's Forum.

He was also trying to establish a new sports meet similar to the South Pacific Games but none of the three Melanesian countries were keen on hosting it, probably because of cost and probably because it doesn't want to get on the bad side of the Forum - all three are still members.

At that meet last week, the leaders of PNG, Vanuatu and the Solomons, supported Bainimarama's call for the chair of the Forum, Neroni Slade, to be removed and a candidate of its preference voted in.

The question that needs to be asked is: Why are the other three Melanesian countries supporting the illegal regime?

One of their answers would be that it's the Pacific Way. But the leaders of PNG, Solomons and Vanuatu need to be asked: So, is it the Pacific way to beat up citizens and run a dictatorship?

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has reiterated that Fiji won't be taking centre stage at the Forum this week. Key says he is not overly concerned that some Pacific leaders support Bainamarama because it's a few out of the 16 island members.

"Yes, there's been one or two that I'm sure would hold a view that they would like to have Fiji back simply because the Pacific way is a friendly way, but on the other side of the coin from our perspective, we want to see democracy. We think that's the right of every Fijian."

Key will be holding one-on-one meetings with each Pacific leader today and said he will discuss Fiji briefly with them.

"I'll raise that with every one of them just to get a sense of taking their temperature if you like, but I don't think it's going to dominate the discussion at the leaders' retreat. We don't have a lot of time and the emphasis will be largely economic."

The NZ Foreign Affairs Minister, Murray McCully, this morning repeated how important it was to work together for sustainable economic development in the Pacific.

He announced the Government would give $7.9 million for the construction of a one megawatt photovoltaic solar plant in Tonga.

Key also announced a $2.7m to upgrade tsunami risk management systems in the Cooks, Samoa, Tonga, Niue and Tokelau and said New Zealand would also help Pacific nations strengthen their Maritime safety.

The New Zealand Government has created a position for a Pacific maritime safety adviser to help with updating regulations or training.

Fiji and her people, meanwhile, continue to lose out on opportunities like these, just like it is losing out on the Commonwealth, the United Nations, and aid from international donors including the European Union.


Anonymous said...

Vuakamarama was seen getting into a fit because he's not allowed to go to NZ AND Tikoitoga was also banned from going to the rwc.

Grow up you girls hahaha

Anonymous said...

Do you realize that civil war is in the air in Fiji?

Punjabi Aloo said...

Until there is democracy in Fiji and all of Bai and ASK clowns are kicked out (including Tappoo and YP Reddy) Fiji should not be allowed to participate in the PIF and receive any funds.

New Zealand Govt should kick YP's madrasi ass out of NZ and send him back to Fiji to rot in prison with his friends Bai and ASK.

Tappoos, the biggest crooks in Fiji should be the first to be sent to prison and that too all of them.

God bless Fiji and let's see democracy back to this wonderful country. What a shame that a few coconut heads have done to this country.

Ratu Sai said...

Good riddance to bad rubbish.



Anonymous said...

No amount of swearing will change the tyrant and his supporters to try and usurp power and ligitimizes the interim regime. We must thank Forum Leaders for upholding democracy and all its related principles because we cannot allow any Humpty Dumpty to illegally remove and replace government with the use of force but it has to be by the will of the people. While we are all waiting Humpty Dumty's great fall, I hope the Forum can really come up with some concrete actions to bring about changes otherwise, their initial inactions and continuing inactions will continue to make the people suffer at the hands of the illegal military regime. A disarmament treaty for small PIC might help us. Fiji has more soldiers that are now frighten of their own shadows and are causing a lot of unnecessary socio economic impact; stalling of social programs, shortage of drugs and medical supplies, poaching from Social security funds that will lead us deeeper into a lot of more social problems. The suppressing of the Methodist Church that has being linked to improve social and development milestones will be severely reversed from continuing military interference and meddling of governance. That must be one of the priority policies, a disarming or demilitarization. I hope this message is relayed to the Forum Leaders.

Anonymous said...

FORUM is no longer relevant to the Pacific because of Australia and New Zealand. MSG is the new order as it gains traction whilst the FORUM is the political mouthpiece for the metropolitan powers. Australia and New Zealand once again got it wrong.

Anonymous said...

Fiji is Polynesian.
White man saw dark brown people and frizzy hair and decided to lump iTaukei in Melanesia.

Culturally Melanesians lost out to Polynesians and racially the Melanesian features was and is being diluted.

Melanesian individulistic custom does not compare to the very communal Polynesian system.

The only thing Fiji shares in common with Melanesia is numerous tribes and languages.

Polynesian states have one language. If Fiji had this state off affairs I very much doubt we would have been lumped in with Melanesia.

Fijians take no particular pride in being black or blackness.

This MSG is just more division, which in itself is the Melanesian trait.

You can keep it.We prefer friendly Fiji. although some are making that diffcult at the moment.

Anonymous said...

NOBODY and I repeat NOBODY [EXCEPT for those idiots in the form of Island leaders] will acknowledge the FACT that Fiji is NOT present!! Me kani cava? Waste their time!!!! NO LOVE LOST VOREQE YOU PIG AND MURDERER!!!!

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