The former Opposition Leader Mick Beddoes has described as an outrageous affront to the Chiefs and people of Fiji comments made by Vanuatu Prime Minister Kalosil at the G77 meeting at Natadola and reported in the media today.
Kalosil is reported as saying ‘PM Bainimarama is a strong leader and through his leadership the Pacific will shine and that’s what we want’.
Beddoes says the Vanuatu Prime Minister’s comments show he has no idea about what is really going on in Fiji, or he knows but like the rest of the Meanesian Spearhead Group prefer to support the usurpers of our democracy.
"By appointing Commander Bainimarama as their leader, all heads of the MSG governments, have violated many of the rules which govern their group.
"Prime Minister Kalosil is signaling that he and his MSG colleagues have no difficulty supporting those who execute coups, commit treason and armed intervention and rely on strong-arm tactics and threats to stay in power.
"Is this the new way forward advocated by the MSG for political change in the Pacific? Is the MSG’s embracing of Commander Bainimarama a reflection of the meaning of Melanesian brotherhood, in the political context?"
Beddoes says Kalosil also remained silent when innocent citizens in Fiji were killed.
"They have remained silent in the face of on-going abuse of human rights and torture in Fiji. They said nothing when our elected Prime Minister was persecuted. They stood by without a word when our Great Council of Chiefs was disbanded by the regime in breach of the founding MSG principles relating to the rights of indigenous peoples."