|Bob Carr addressing the media in Fiji upon arrival yesterday. Photo: Minfo|
The Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions says it will be hammering home that nothing has changed apart from an announcement of supposed elections in 2014, when it meets the Pacific Islands Forum Ministerial Contact Group today.
Murray McCully and Sharon Johns at Borron House last night
"Unfortunately, we have not seen any steps taken in this direction so far."
Singh says the greatest concern is that a path to elections has been announced without consultation.
"The parliament thus elected should decide on the constitutional amendments necessary and call for fresh elections under the amended constitution. That will be the only legal process, none other."
|Inoke Kubuabola and Bob Carr at Borron House|
Singh says the MCG also needs to know of the human rights situation and continue the push for full freedom first.
"We also cannot have a situation, as it is now, where everyone other than the regime requires a permit for every meeting from the same people who are controlling the process, yet being free themselves to do as they like. So these decrees must go first. The field needs to be levelled first."
"The international community and our neighboring countries with influence must find ways to find a political solution. I encourage the MCG to begin some real, serious talking. We will play our part and support anything looking principled and positive."
Singh has always spoken against the coup and was incarcerated for talking to the media in January 2007, when he called for the army to return to the barracks.
His house and car were later stoned at three in the morning while his family slept. His union office has since been the target of two arson attempts.
All of the incidents have been reported to the police but no one has ever been charged.