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Monday, July 8, 2013

Mounting concern over Fiji troops safety in Golan Heights

The country's biggest political party says the regime doesn't have a mandate to send Fiji soldiers to the Golan Heights.

The Social Democratic Liberal Party says the decision to dispatch 183 soldiers almost two weeks ago and another 380 in coming weeks has been made arbitrarily.

A spokesperson, Dr Tupeni Baba, says Frank Bainimarama's decision to send Fiji troops into such danger is deplorable.

"The sending of a military contingent to a theatre of war or to any active service under the United Nations, even as peacekeepers in a new assignment,  is a serious matter that should be taken only by an elected Government.

"This should be subjected to discussions in Parliament to ensure that all aspects of the issue - including the safety of personnel, the necessary provisions about their equipment,  their rules of engagement and other necessary financial provisions, including health and welfare - are adequately provided for before any commitment is made."



Announcement came as he visited graves of Fiji soldiers
Dr Baba told Coupfourpointfive any recommendation should have been approved by Parliament.

"It is the best way of ensuring that we take a very serious view about committing the lives of our men and women and in doing so, the Government ensures that such decision is not made lightly.

"It demonstrates also that the military is under the control of a civilian Government and bought by a Commander who is the Head of an unelected Government, who may not necessarily have the full understanding of the diplomatic and international implications of major decisions involving sending men and women in a new theatre of war."

Bainimarama had said he would send up to 500 troops when the first batch flew out, almost two weeks ago. He announced over the weekend in Honiara where he was ironically visiting the graves of five Fiji soldiers who were killed in the Second World War in the Solomons, that another 380 soldiers would leave for Golan Heights in coming weeks.

He also put his foot in it by showing off that Russia, who is reported to be trying to pull its troops out of Syria because of the danger, had offered its support  - a faux paus observers say is a death warrant for our soldiers.

Dr Baba says there should be wide concern for the compromised position Fiji soldiers are now in.

"Syria is being armed by such powers  as Russia and the rebels are being supported by the United States and its allies and Fiji's involvement is not only very dangerous and risky, but the military regime's recent overtures towards Russia will leave our troops vulnerable to charges that they are not neutral and independent as should be as UN peacekeepers, especially at this time in the Middle East."

74 comments:

mark manning said...

Yet again Frank and Co. have exposed their stupidity, greed and arrogance at the expense of the wider Community of Fiji.
Frank's engaging with the Russians, the very Government which is exacerbating the conflict in the Middle East by supplying Syria with armaments, including anti aircraft missiles, is indeed contradictory.
Not only has frank thrown his men to the wolves, but he is sleeping with the enemy.

Anonymous said...

SCOPE....pls...dont even think that SODELPA will win a seat in the coming election... they do not have it..the only credible people there are Ro Temumu Kepa, Dr Baba and Rt Jone Kubuabola. The rest are just some nobodies with nothing really. Just a bunch of aimless and hopeless cowards...

Anonymous said...

So what alternatives do you have Dr Baba for the soldiers?

BC said...

As I mentioned a few hours ago:

FIJIAN SOLDIERS ie CRW, WERE DOUBLED-CROSSED BY THEIR commander ie Bainimarama IN 2000.

HE IS DOUBLE-CROSSING THE FIJIAN SOLDIERS AGAIN!

I want you soldiers to know that BAINIMARAMA DOESNT GIVE A FARK ABOUT YOUR LIFE.

AT THE END OF THE DAY HE ONLY GIVES A FARK ABOUT ONE PERSON AND ONE PERSON ONLY AND THAT IS HIMSELF.

THE FACT THAT YOU SOLDIERS STILL HAVENT FIGURED THIS OUT IS ALMOST UNBELIEVABLE.

Unfortunately, you dumb Fijian soldiers cant see what he is doing.
SA BUKI OTI NA VERE.

Bainimarama has already collected some money for your lives and you soldiers will die like dogs on the Golan Heights.

Can anyone guess where he is collecting the money from?

Clue:
Not from America and not from Israel.... Come on you soldier boys THINK THINK! Guess again!

Can you guess who is going to kill you?
LOL
YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW!
Ni na lai mate i na Golan Heights.
Sa buki oti kemuni vere.

YOU CAN THANK INOKE KUBUABOLA AND VOREQE FOR THIS ONE.

"O what a tangled web we weave; when first we practice to deceive!"

COME ON SOLDIERS,THERE IS A VERY SIMPLE SOLUTION TO ALL THESE PROBLEMS.

Anonymous said...

Those Fijian soldiers buried in solomons died fighting against tyrants, they'll turn in their graves with another tyrant standing on their resting ground.

Anonymous said...

moko says....

Agree with Dr Baba ......BUT BUT BUT.....

better sending useless Fiji soldiers to REAL battle field instead of no real service under their belt.

Secondly - so Fiji soldiers can feel the heat for themselves even being fired upon - so they can stop beating innocent Fijians in their own country.

These (not all) Fiji soldiers need to serve their country - presently they serve themselves and their commander first and country and its people last.

These coward (not all) Fiji soldiers need to wear napkins - starting with their commander and go to the Golan heights...

Lets see - Frank and his selective soldiers have been cowards in green uniform beating women in Fiji......lets see when it comes to men vs men.

rajend naidu said...

editor,
Fiji Sun reporter Jyoti Pratibha tells us in her snippet 'Clique,clique' in her Coconut Wireless segment (FS 8/7)that it "seems it's who you know when it comes to regional media workshops in Fiji..."
The "who you know" phenomenon has been pretty much the norm in Fiji since Frank Bainimarama's illegal military takeover in 2006.
And 8 years of his rule has entrench it in the Fijian national life.
I wonder how Jyoti Pratibha has managed not to notice that!
sincerely,
rajend naidu
sydney

Islam's Latest Contributions to Peace said...

Terrorists kill 41 children, burn some alive
July 8, 2013
Damien McElroy

Nigeria confirmed terrorists had massacred at least 41 children and a teacher at a boarding school in the country's insurgent-plagued north-east.

Gunmen thought to be loyal to the al-Qaeda-linked Boko Haram movement descended on the government secondary school in Mamudo on Saturday, spraying it with bullets and using petrol to burn some pupils alive.

At the regional morgue, Musa Hassan, 15, recalled the horror of listening to the death cries of his fellow pupils.

''We were sleeping when we heard gunshots. When I woke up, someone was pointing a gun at me,'' he said. He put his arm up in instinctive self-defence, and suffered a gunshot that blew off all four fingers on his right hand.

''They burned the children alive,'' he said, horror in his eyes.

Hundreds more children from the 1200-student school were unaccounted for, having escaped into the bush.

Boko Haram is often referred to as the Nigerian Taliban.





XO said...

the question we ask is the Fiji boys going to work in Syria for the United nation on the UN banner and guide line according with its charter and rule of engagement as a peace keeper or a they going to fight the war on the Russian side which is supporting Assad. the rebels a helped by the Americans and British, France , NATO. once our Fiji boys take side , they will be no longer called peace keepers but treated as enemy combatants , and will be sitting ducks in the Golan heights. so choose very carefully where you stand for UN or Russia.remember also the ayatollah from Iran has just passed a resolution in the Iranian security council that they the Iranian will support President Assad in Syria and a willing to deploy 4000 ,Iranian revolutionary guard to Syria, to protect Assad , neutralized the rebels and retake the Golan heights that was taken by Israel in 1967. if Fiji soldiers take side and not been neutral , they will be treated as an enemy.

Setoki Ratunibau said...

Mr Bainimarama's media released can also back-fired on himself, the Russian will soon realized that the Commander of the Fiji Army does not have the final say when his soldiers are in the field. When it comes to the issues of faith and belief the Fijians will always side up with the Israelis, 100% of the the Fiji Troop in the Golan are Christian and the weapon that Russia has promised to supply to the Fiji Army will only be use against his allies.

Anonymous said...

Soldier Boys and Girls please drop your guns and walkaway peacefully. Ni maroroya, qarava ka taqomaka ga vakavinaka na noda Vanua, Lotu kei na Matavuvale.

To you in Golan Height Soldier Boys and Girls please hear our cries day and night for you, we are sleepless and eat-less in praying for your safety and protection to come back home alive, Tata, Nana, Momo, Nei, Taciqu kei na Ganei keimami.

Ratu Voreqe Bainimarama,au saka. dau qarauna sara vakavinaka eso na nomuni dau vakatauca na nomuni vakatulewataka na veika e baleti keimami na kawa i Taukei kei Viti.

Noqu kerekere vei kemuni oqo, Yalovinaka sara kakua na dau kalawaca na Lago Tabu Vaturaga ni noda Vanua Bale Vakaturaga baleta ko ira oqo era vaka-tamata, vaka-vanua, vakai-qoliqoli ka vakamataivalu. Keimami sega ni kalawaci Kiuva baleta na keimami sema vakaturaga era sa bukuya oti tu na noda qase ena veiwekani koya koni a kawa turaga levu mai kina.

The Vanua, Lotu and Matavuvale are crying heavily right now. The first death case from Golan Height could trigger the beginning of the end of your leadership along with your cliques and may spread wider to your Muslim friends. The more the deaths that may follows it may predicted your painful endings with your Muslim & White cliques.

The whole world knows the TRUTH about the global relationships between the G8, G20. and global economic situation like Russia, USA, China, France, Germany, UK and European Union are not that good.

They are creating arms & wars on their left hands and bringing peace & foods on their right hands simultaneously for their own global control and powers.

Russia is supporting Syria in all war fronts. USA,Commonwealth UK and its allied supporting the Rebels. Our Soldier Boys will face the worst from all sides nad we may be called the LIU-MURI Fiji Military Forces We in Fiji and the Pacific Islands were saved by the USA & Commonwealth allied forces in 2 World Wars. Our Fijian grandfathers gave their lives because of us their children, Vanua, Lotu and Matavuvale. Today we brought shame to our dead grandparents buried in the Solomon Islands because of ONE MAN WRONGFUL DECISION.

Anonymous said...

Funny thing is the Fiji army does absolutely nothing useful. They are paid to come to the camp. Eat and train for what to beat up their own people. Against a credible opponent with modern weapons these guys will loose the fight within an hour. Has anyone noticed how well fed and fat our boys are and how ancient their weaponry is. They are still carrying M16 carbines which were used in the Vietnam war. These guns went out of regular use with the "dreadlocks" a long time ago. The sad things is we the people of Fiji are paying the salaries of these men who have done nothing but destroy every single democratic government we have had since 1987. Maybe it is s good thing that if in Fiji perhaps these morons can contribute to peace elsewhere in the world.Its called being useful for something.

Anonymous said...

Muslim Chief of Staff Aziz and Attorney General Kaiyum please send your Muslim Army to the Golan Height. You are the main fellar behind all these and you can speak the language so as worshiping, may saved some lives.

Raibosa said...


Below is published information on Pride the new Air NZ CEO.

While reading this am reminded how Bainimarama and his cabinet hide from the public (who pay them) so tightly their salaries and other benefits


Christopher Luxon

• Age: 42

• Married to Amanda. He says the couple have "date nights" every Saturday - "it may sound hokey but we allow ourselves that time".

• They have two children, William and Olivia.

• Master's degree in commerce from Canterbury University.

• 18-year career at Unilever in NZ, Australia, Britain, the United States and Canada.

• Base salary: $1.25 million plus bonuses to be disclosed.

• Lives in Remuera.

• Interests: water skiing, Mini cars (he has a variant, a 1966 Riley Elf), the country music of Brad Paisley and Tim McGraw.

Anonymous said...

27 June 2013 – The Security Council today extended the United Nations peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights for another six months, and requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to ensure that the mission – which has faced numerous threats to its safety in recent months as well as troop withdrawals – has the required capacity and resources to fulfil its mandate.

In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council extended the mandate of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which monitors the 1974 disengagement accord between Syria and Israel after their 1973 war, until 31 December 2013.

In recent months, the mission has faced a spate of security risks and operational challenges – including detention of UN personnel – as a result of the spill-over from the ongoing crisis in Syria, where Government forces and opposition groups have been engaged in a conflict spanning more than two years and which has already claimed more than 93,000 lives.

In addition, Austria – which contributes about one-third of UNDOF's troops – announced earlier this month that it is withdrawing its soldiers, reportedly citing a lack of freedom of movement and an unacceptable level of danger to its personnel.

The Council today strongly condemned the incidents threatening the safety and security of UN personnel in recent months, and called on all parties to the Syrian conflict to “cease military actions in the UNDOF area of operation.”

Anonymous said...

JUST WATCH THE HAND OF GOD, (THE CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH AND THE UNIVERSE AND ALL THAT IS IN THEM)..... PROTECT Y'SRAEL THRU THE FIJIAN SOLDIERS........... GOAT N SHEEP. GOOD N EVIL......

Anonymous said...

My assumption is that Russia and China could play a decoy role in the upcoming election.

Bainimarama & khaiyum are like an escaped prisoner caught by a Russian and a Chinese and now they asked them to hand over land,sea and all natural resources before they will show them the escape route tunnel where they can see light at the other end.

In doing that they have to clinged onto power for another decade or so.

According to SLRabuka he warned Australia and NZ that they should not back off far too long from Fiji!which he referred to that as long as trade is concern China and Russia could be Fiji's possible trade partner in the very near
future.

Let say no election come 2014 and OZ & NZ step up the tempo and more stringent measure this time around.
This will be a lame excuse used by this illegal regime to permanently seek a established trade agreement with these two giants to replace Aus &NZ.

From me they are running away from the law which they trampled upon and avoiding the consequences there after,now they used the whole country to camouflage their move and at the same time terminate any possible chances of people voicing their concern.

It's a year and a month left but we are still in the swing the whole country are in suspicious and millions of reasoning popping up here and there.

What if the international communities give an ultimatum say six months before September they should announced a date,and failure on their part to adhere to these should be an indication enough to the world that they are incapable of running a government.









Queen said...

There were some leaders, he said, “who advocate for democracy only when they are out of power; once in power, they are ruthless in suppressing the rights of others…you must respect the rights of minorities, and participate with a spirit of tolerance and compromise; you must place the interests of your people and the legitimate workings of the political process above your party. Without these ingredients, elections alone do not make true democracy.” - President Obama.


The above is very true for people like Baba, Chaudhary and Qarase. They only talk about democracy when they are no more in the Parliament.

Anonymous said...

Bainimarama has been stealing a lot of money!

In 2011 15KM COST $40 MILLION
In 2013 40KM COST $5 MILLION
WTF!

Chinese firm starts upgrading roads in Fiji

(Xinhua)
Updated: 2011-05-27 17:11

SUVA -- A road ground-breaking ceremony was held in Fiji's Sigatoka Valley on Friday with Fijian Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama drove an excavator to open the Chinese-constructed project of road upgrading for local villages.

The 15 km road upgrade is being carried out by the China Gezhoubd Group Company Limited (CGGC), which is expected to cost almost 40 million Fiji dollars ($22.86 million) funded through the Chinese government soft loan.

AND THIS ONE

More roads upgrade

Luke Rawalai
Tuesday, July 09, 2013


AN additional forty kilometres of unsealed roads will be upgraded this year as part of the extra $5million road sealing project earmarked for the North.

Fiji Roads Authority CEO Neil Cook said maintenance work would be done

3rd World War said...

Wasn't it Nostradamus who predicted that 3rd world war would begin in Syria? So hia you go guys and gals, let's start planning our funerals if we're lucky to have one.

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 3:51 PM

And the point of your childish rubbish is ?

Anonymous said...

Fiji soldiers are being sent to Golan Heights to improve the credibility of Bainimarama - nothing to do with Fiji being proud.

Let's hope he owns up to this greed and ambition of his if body bags start coming back to Fiji.

Anonymous said...

Jyoti Pratibha the fiji sun bitch wants to comment on complicated matters but end up with simplistic reasons signifying her lack of IQ and stupid moronic thinking.

Anonymous said...

The freehold properties name is Naviavia , 6,000 acres. Part of which has been given to the Solomon Island workers. property belonged to Anglican Church It is Bua Province.
Very small fertile strip, the rest is very infertile red soil hills, ok for cattle ranching or forestry. .

Anonymous said...

The old political parties have to rethink strategies and broaden their reach ahead of next year’s general elections, says academic expert Dr Alumita Durutalo.
And all parties need to have employment creation as a key platform to attract the new, young voters, she says.
Dr Durutalo recently joined the Indigenous Studies and Pacific Islands Studies programmes at Otago University in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Previously at the University of the South Pacific, Dr Durutalo lectured in Politics and International Relations. One of her courses was on Political Parties, Elections and Democracies in the Pacific.
Here are her thoughts on the progress towards the elections – and how the parties shape up:

Views on registered parties
The formation of parties is a positive step towards the return to representative democracy in Fiji. Political parties play a major role in the process of democratization globally.
Parties are a microcosm of a society and society’s interests. They harness and unify the different and numerous interests that people have and present them in an attractive, realistic and achievable way.

Five or more parties expected to contest next year’s elections
If the new electoral law in Fiji allows for the formation of many parties then having five or more parties would be alright. I believe, that it would be up to the voters to determine which party they think will address their needs individually and collectively as a nation, if voted into power.

New strategies to appeal to voters
Parties will now have to think strategically to consider interests beyond ethnic enclaves. For example, FLP will now have to look beyond working class men like sugarcane farmers and also address the plight of all working and non-working (non-salaried) people.
SODELPA on the other hand has to focus beyond the vanua boundaries and think of the interest of the nation as a whole.
The same applies for NFP. They have to look beyond their normal Indo-Fijian business group and think of the nation as a whole.

Views on the proportional
representation

Proportional Representation voting systems in their three forms of: Party List, Mixed-member Proportional and Single Transferable Vote are strong in the sense they normally fulfill a number of things such as:
·providing more accurate representation of parties
·A better representation for political and racial minorities
·Fewer wasted voted
·Better representation of women
·A high chance of facilitating majority rule

What about independent
candidates
Again, the same applies. If independent candidates can prove to the people that they have a workable solution, then they can be voted in.

Constant change to our voting system
Fiji is not the only country that is constantly changing its voting system. Any system should be changed to suit the reality on the ground.

Voting along racial lines
Given Fiji’s political history, that it was not a settler colony like Australia or New Zealand, it will take time to move away from ethnic voting.
We cannot rush this process but we can educate people, particularly the younger generation on the benefits of moving away from ethnic voting.

Prime Minister’s proposed party
I believe it is not too late to form any party now because at the end of the day it is the voters that will decide. In 1987 for example, the Alliance Party did not expect to lose elections, judging by the number of voters that went through their stalls.
But they were surprised when they lost. Voting through democratic elections is an individual process whereby the voter becomes very powerful on voting day and they can either make or remove a leader instantly through their voting power.

Appealing to new voters
It is the party that can provide the collective needs of young voters. For example, unemployment amongst youths in Fiji, including graduates, is quite high right now.
Parties should come up with solutions on how to create employment for youths.

Anonymous said...

The old political parties have to rethink strategies and broaden their reach ahead of next year’s general elections, says academic expert Dr Alumita Durutalo.
And all parties need to have employment creation as a key platform to attract the new, young voters, she says.
Dr Durutalo recently joined the Indigenous Studies and Pacific Islands Studies programmes at Otago University in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Views on registered parties
The formation of parties is a positive step towards the return to representative democracy in Fiji. Political parties play a major role in the process of democratization globally.
Parties are a microcosm of a society and society’s interests. They harness and unify the different and numerous interests that people have and present them in an attractive, realistic and achievable way.

Five or more parties expected to contest next year’s elections
If the new electoral law in Fiji allows for the formation of many parties then having five or more parties would be alright. I believe, that it would be up to the voters to determine which party they think will address their needs individually and collectively as a nation, if voted into power.

New strategies to appeal to voters
Parties will now have to think strategically to consider interests beyond ethnic enclaves. For example, FLP will now have to look beyond working class men like sugarcane farmers and also address the plight of all working and non-working (non-salaried) people.
SODELPA on the other hand has to focus beyond the vanua boundaries and think of the interest of the nation as a whole.
The same applies for NFP. They have to look beyond their normal Indo-Fijian business group and think of the nation as a whole.

Views on the proportional
representation

Proportional Representation voting systems in their three forms of: Party List, Mixed-member Proportional and Single Transferable Vote are strong in the sense they normally fulfill a number of things such as:
·providing more accurate representation of parties
·A better representation for political and racial minorities
·Fewer wasted voted
·Better representation of women
·A high chance of facilitating majority rule

What about independent
candidates
Again, the same applies. If independent candidates can prove to the people that they have a workable solution, then they can be voted in.

Constant change to our voting system
Fiji is not the only country that is constantly changing its voting system. Any system should be changed to suit the reality on the ground.

Voting along racial lines
Given Fiji’s political history, that it was not a settler colony like Australia or New Zealand, it will take time to move away from ethnic voting.
We cannot rush this process but we can educate people, particularly the younger generation on the benefits of moving away from ethnic voting.

Prime Minister’s proposed party
I believe it is not too late to form any party now because at the end of the day it is the voters that will decide. In 1987 for example, the Alliance Party did not expect to lose elections, judging by the number of voters that went through their stalls.
But they were surprised when they lost. Voting through democratic elections is an individual process whereby the voter becomes very powerful on voting day and they can either make or remove a leader instantly through their voting power.

Appealing to new voters
It is the party that can provide the collective needs of young voters. For example, unemployment amongst youths in Fiji, including graduates, is quite high right now.
Parties should come up with solutions on how to create employment for youths.

Last words
Any leader in Fiji should be voted in on the basis of his or her capability to lead a nation and not just an ethnic group. The outcome of any democratic election should be respected and voters can use their voting power to remove unwanted leaders and install desirable leaders.

Anonymous said...

According to Dickie Bird a "Melanesian Spearhead Group force with strong Fijian involvement might now assist the Solomons" now that Ramsi is leaving the Solomons.

Anonymous said...

All the Bainimagana is worried about is his 'ROI' [RETURN ON INVESTMENTS]to pay for tyhe massive loans he has incurred with the Chinese, for all the roading, electricity, bridges, horses,water supply, etc etc. The money to repay the Chinese has to come from somewhere!!!
So, what does he do? INVEST THE LIVES OF INNOCENT AND YOUNG FIJIANS IN THE GOLAN AND IN RETURN MAKE SOME MONEY FROM THE UN!!

Anonymous said...

A Bau chief Cakobau sold Fiji because of Debt 1874 don't say Rokotuiveikau will follow suite and may be Fiji sold to China or Russia.

Anonymous said...

OMG!!
You would think that the current bunch of men and women in green, who are far better educated then their predecessors [NO OFFENCE MEANT] can see through the lies, deceipt and what have you that they are being sent to their graves at very early ages!! Bainimagana is depriving them of living a full, blessed and rewarding life.
But then again, there is a huge difference betwen being EDUCATED as to having having MATURITY!! E sega na betena na VULI ke sega na ULUMATUA!!
Give me maturity anytime and all the time!
It is obvious that they sadly lack moral fibre!! They are a true reflection of their parents who have sadly encouraged them to join an institution that is tarnished with blood, torture, arrogance,murder, lack of respect and what have you!!

Anonymous said...

Man, oh man, oh man!!
The audacity of Russia to offer help/aid in the deployment of our men and women in green to the Golan Heights!!
Being a member of the Security Council, they were politely told that they cannot contribute troops because:
01. They are a member of it and
more importantly
02. They have a written agreement with Syria to supply arms and military hardware!!
I am just lost for words and utterly amazed that Bainimaga in his arrogance and plain stupidity has refused to see through this!!
NA NO SCHOOL GA NA NO SCHOOL!!

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 7:18 PM

Lets not forget that those that went all had a choice.

Anonymous said...


In a startling amateur fashion Fiji’s military regime has put its own peacekeeping soldiers in grave peril by revealing which side of the Syrian conflict they support.

The revelation comes in an inept story on state Fiji Broadcasting which has Russia promising the 500 Fijian soldiers on the Golan Heights full support in Syria. Russia backs and arms the Bashar Hafez al-Assad regime which is being opposed by an array of rebel groups. Much of the Golan Heights is under rebel control and they will now learn, via Fiji Broadcasting’s Internet site, that the Fijians are with the Russians.

The Fiji Broadcasting story says Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medevdev has endorsed and promised assistance to Fijian troops in the Golan Heights.This was confirmed by Fiji coup leader Voreqe Bainimarama in the Solomon Islands, and a week after his visit to Moscow to watch the Rugby Sevens World Cup. Bainimarama thanked the Russian government for the support.

Russia says it stands by Fiji. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, a strong backer of the Assad regime, singled out Fiji's contribution to United Nations peacekeeping efforts and the recent deployment of the first 182 Fijian troops in the Golan Heights as an example of Fiji's continuing commitment to engage with the international community.

Anonymous said...

Democracy creates creativity. Fiji lacks democracy.

Anonymous said...

So what do you have to offer Baba? The soldiers are doing well despite the body bag prediction that you and your cohorts have been advocating. Yes Both sides of the area of separation agreed to Fiji's deployment ie Syria and Israel. Yes Russia has supported Fiji's deployment and so as the US and other countries in the UN. It doesn't mean that the Fijian military is taking sides in the conflict. It shows that amateurs commenting here think they know what's going on when they really showing us that "empty vessels make more noise". Do abit of reading and common sense and you idiots will know something. A statement by a super power to support a deployments doesn't mean you take their side in a conflict.

Anonymous said...

@ Anon 12:43AM

It is obvious that you are an IG "sapota". The Fiji soldiers have not been there for a month; it's still along way to go. Body bags will be used; you just wait and see when the conflict heats up. You should do a bit of reading yourself. Did you know the US is supporting the ousted President and Russia supporting the military that took him out? These two super powers are on opposite sides and sooner or later tension will increase. So what does it mean when Russia supplies our troops with weapons? It means that when trouble erupts, the Fiji soldiers will not go against those whom Russia backs. That's the bottom line you fool.

Anonymous said...

THOSE SUPER POWERS KNOW THAT FIJIAN SOLDIERS ARE THERE BECAUSE THEY NEED UN MONEY TO PAY OFF THEIR LOANS TO CHINA.

Anonymous said...

Frank loose the election .what will the army and police do.will they support the new govt or coup again.
can the media ask these question to army/police commander.let hear the ans.235 hecncnd

Coup fourpointfive said...

Fiji's interim prime minister has announced another 380 Fijian troops will join the United Nations peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights.
Audio: Colonel Jone Baledrokadroka speaks to Pacific Beat (ABC News)

Commodore Frank Bainimarama says the contingent will leave Fiji at the end of the month.

He has also revealed that Russia, a key player in the Middle East, offered to assist Fiji with the UN deployment.

The Fijian troops will merge with the 183 troops that have already been sent to the troubled zone between Israel and Syria.

Colonel Jone Baledrokadroka, a former Land Forces commander in the Fiji Army, says the suspension of Fiji's defence relationship with Australia has given rise to its Russian partnership.

"Fiji is not really able to deploy to such UN hotspots without assistance from larger countries," Mr Baledrokadroka told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat program.

"Equipment has been provided by the Russians for the deployment of the battalion."

Mr Baledrokadroka says the Fiji-Russia relationship will pose a risk to Fijian troops.

"We know that Russia has sided with the Assad government with Syrian forces," he said.

"Word will get out that the Fiji troops have been assisted by the Russians.

"Fiji will actually be tainted as being sort of siding with the Russians."

He says Fiji is using Russia as a sovereignty card against its regional neighbours.

"Fiji and other island states, ever since independence, have been playing the sovereignty card quite well against Australia, New Zealand and pretty much every other sort of global power," he said.

"It's used China well in the last six or seven years that the regime has been in power."

On the other hand, Mr Baledrokadroka says this is the first time Russia has played a substantive role in Fiji's peacekeeping forces.

"Russia has its own interests in the Middle East, and it is using Fiji," he said.

"Fiji has become like a mercenary."

Mr Baledrokadroka says Fiji's peacekeeping role is helping maintain Commodore Bainimarama's hold on power in the nation.

"It gives it a justification to have a bigger military within Fiji that is virtually a force against the people of Fiji," he said.

Anonymous said...

War has destroyed the political careers of many leaders. Let's see if Fiji people snap out of it if our Bula Boys start getting hurt.

rajend naidu said...

I was surprised and not surprised (!!) to read in the regime mouthpiece newspaper the Fiji Sun under ' A-G steps in to protect Ba squartters' that " The Bainimarama Government will not tolerate such an outrageous assault on the basic rights of ordinary people..."(FS 9/7).
Surprised because this is the same dictatorial government that tolerated the outrageous assault on some prisoners and abused their fundamental human rights ( see the torture video on C4.5). And it's the same dictatorial government that has eroded the democratic rights and freedoms of the ordinary people in the country since it installed itself as the Government of Fiji over 8 years ago following the illegal overthrow of the democratic government.
Not surprised by the statement because it came from the Ministry of Information and was published by the regime propaganda paper.
The Special Administrator's plans to arbitrarily remove hundred of people living in the Clopcott squatter settlement in Ba and sell off the land is not surprising. He is after all not a democratically elected local government administrator. He has been installed by an unelected government. He obviously did not think there was any need for public consultation or public accountability which are requirements of democratic decision making. He felt his position entitles him to ride roughshod over ordinary people.
Isn't that the way the Bainimarama Government has been conducting itself since it installed itself in power?
The Special Administrator clearly took his cue from the Bainimarama Government - the government that installed him in that position.
The A-G's intervention is all part of the pre-election propaganda to cast the Bainimarama Government as "the peoples' government".
The same government that has been riding roughshod over the people for over 8years now!
sincerely,
rajend naidu
sydney

Namena said...

While Russia is arming thhe Fiji contingent on Golan H and Syria, the USA is arming the opposition Rebels.

Fiji has decided to play games with the lives of Fijians on dangerous international stage he does not quite understand but at the riskd of our boys lives.

Remarkably he refuses to send his own son on same risky deployment....NEPOTISM AGAIN????

NEWS:
US ready to arm Syrian rebels

5:30 AM Saturday Jun 29, 2013

The US plans to arm Syrian rebels within a month. Photo / AP
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The US plans to arm Syrian rebels within a month. Photo / AP

The United States plans to start supplying arms directly to Syrian rebels within a month, American officials said yesterday, as it emerged that the CIA has begun shipping weapons to a secret network of warehouses in neighbouring Jordan.

Leaked CIA plans disclose that Washington will dispatch arms from Jordan to specially vetted groups in the Free Syrian Army in co-ordination with European and Arab allies.

Under the "parallel push", supporters of Syrian rebels will provide training and arms deliveries to the rebel forces deemed moderate and separate from al-Qaeda-linked forces.

Anonymous said...

For your information Russia has not provided anything for the troops. They have South Korean weapons and nothing Russian. Baledrokadroka and Baba can take their theory to the toilet, because that's what they are theorists who don't have any practical solution.

Anonymous said...

It is obvious that Baledrokadroka, Baba and Michael Field want to make the Russian statement into an issue that will put soldiers lives at risk. It is obvious and will be the downfall of SODELPA. It's backfiring already Baba and your two idiot friends in Baledrokadroka and Field.

Anonymous said...

Let's not make this just about a few people - many of us can see the writing on the wall.

Fiji soldiers have gone into the danger zone - an area where Syrian fighters have infiltrated - and there is no guarantee they will be safe.

You surely don't think soldiers have balls of steel they are just soldiers after all.

Anonymous said...

The PM should keep in mind that so many innocent lives were lost since he came into leadership. It is like the concept of throwing a boomerang! It would surely come back. Just a thought I believe he should ponder on.

Anonymous said...

I pray and have faith in my LORD and SAVIOUR that he is a GOD of MIRACLE and OMNIPRESENT which i give my all to him for the lives of our soldiers in Golan Heights.
LET US NOT CEASE IN FERVENT PRAYER WE ARE ALL VICTIMS OF THIS TYRANT ILLEGAL REGIME.

Deepak Chauhan said...

I don't see any Baba, Field or SODELPA statement on that article. I sense someone isn't sitting well with the thought of SODELPA coming to power soon LOL!

Anonymous said...

No hope for SODELPA if Rabuka decides to enter politics and forms a multi-racial party with reputable Fijians. Rabuka has the resolve to ably lead Fiji and continue strengthen our relationships abroad. He also has the experience to negotiate Fiji's position in Syria around different agendas. Moce Jo!

Fark Fanning said...

Yet again the unemployed nurse from Sydney has exposed his stupidity by posting his rant here!!

Anonymous said...

Vutu sona ga mai Golan na Mataivalu ni Solisona.

Mate yani kemodou na kaisi bokola,cici levu boci kece.

Anonymous said...

Na Mataivalu....
Na Mataivalu ......
Na Mataivalu ni Solisona.....

Keitou na Mataivalu ni Viti....
Na Mataivalu ni Viti.....

Keitou do matai ni solisona.... ni solisona.....
Keitou dou kania na qalana...na qalana

Namataivalu Ni Solisona...
Ni solisona...

Keitou na liuliu na Mataivalu ni vuaura qo ni dou kubu, soli cici vatakei na vutusona- Na Mataivula ni Solisona ni Viti.


Vutuki Bainimarama said...

totoka na serekali me va levu mai

Dharam Lingam said...

Who cares.

Anonymous said...

dissension in the enlisted ranks regarding Golan mission.

Anonymous said...

Citizens of Fiji
One big kerekere from the Golan Heights, please keep any eye on our wives and girlfriends - if you see them at Traps, O Reillys etc pls post it here (Names , Time and place) so that we know what's happening so that our children dont suffer and we dont waste our money.
We know some of you dont like us and this deployment, but what can we do???
We gotta feed our families but keep an eye on our wives and girlfriend and let is know here.
Vinaka

Golan Heights Sotia Ni Viti

Anonymous said...

Anno@July 11, 2013 at 6:06 AM

We soldiers have nothing against you. So please respect our presence here in the Golan Heights.

C4.5, pse remember that we are only here in answer to the call of the UN on Fiji. We have nothing against you and your bloggers.

Vinaka and God Bless

Anonymous said...

Dissension in the troops as they all want to go to Golan to vutusona and kubu so their wives and girlfriends do not find out that they are all gay as they cannot do it freely when thay are home.

Mataivalu ni Solisona - tamata dou soli cici.

Anonymous said...

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article35508.htm

The Zionist agenda will be, is being fullfilled. The greater empire of Isreal, all Palestinians removed to other Arab lands. Apartheid and Genocide for Palestinians.

Everything else is just piffle, irrelevant, just a tiny pause in the big game.

Fijians are just a flea on an elephants arse, and will be swatted out of the way if necessary, but unlikely at this point. The game is being played out on another part of the board for the moment.

So suck on the teat while it lasts. Dont cry when it dries up, ends, maybe abruptly.

The reality for the world now is that the political power of the USA is in Tel Aviv, and its people are its foot soldiers in its Zionist Agenda that is quickly coming to fruitition.

The break up of Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Egypt....Jordan, Iran, Turkey,in due course.

Anonymous said...

Dharam Lingam needs a good mounting - the mama ni hose kind!

Anonymous said...

Ni Kalougata tiko na lewe ni noda Mataivalu ni veiqaravi tiko ena Golan Heights!

Its just that a few rotten eggs have now spoilt the whole basket!

RFMF will always be a revered institution, as was its rightful purpose!

It is people like its commander who have taken this respected organisation to doom and have made it become the enemy of the people!

Anonymous said...

RFMF now oin recrutiment drive but
Mosese Tijkoitoga says nothing to do with Golan heights - can we really believe that?


"..do not come as replacements to those leaving for the Golan Heights but they were meant to provide and sustain RFMF’s commitment to peacekeeping missions.
However, he said the 182 soldiers already serving on the Golan Heights between Syria and Israel are well and coping well with work.
This is despite having to watch over a massive area with less manpower.
“We have been liaising with them constantly on a daily basis and all is well with them,” Colonel Tikoitoga said.
About 1200 Fijian soldiers are serving overseas peacekeeping missions, now mainly in Iraq, Sinai and the Golan Heights.
380 more soldiers are due to leave the country this month to boost the United Nations peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights.

Anonymous said...

TO ALL BLOGGERS
Someone is using my name to put bullshit views on here.
I always sign off with "Long Live Bainimarama".
To anon @ 8.52 am and 11.30am,get a farking life.If your life sucks than come to me and i will teach you.

Long Live Saviour Bainimarama
Dharam Lingam

Anonymous said...

To Anon 12.56 pm,

Dharam Lingam - ....then you go and suck your saviour, Bainimarama!

Dharam Lingam said...

Dharam Asshole Lingam, you signed off as Long Live Saviour Bainimarama, NOT as what you suggested. Bloggers please ignore that posting as he's an impostor. Asshole your life must be terrible, even though I am gay and love screwing old men, I still enjoy it. Come, no pun intended, to me and I'll show you how.

Bloggers I hate Bainimarama and I'll never suck his cock.

Long Live Rabuka.

mark manning said...

Fijians are well known for their generosity of spirit and big hearts and ability to forgive what some would consider unforgivable.
I suspect too, that they are intelligent enough to comprehend that the RFMF in its total, is not responsible for the actions of its Commander, Frank Bainimarama.
I suspect, once Democracy is restored, that the RFMF will continue, but that it will be downsized and that many soldiers will no longer be needed.
I also suspect that peace Keeping deployments will be ceased for a considerable time, at least until discipline within the ranks is restored to an acceptable level and appropriate Officers put in Command.

Anonymous said...

@July 11, 2013 at 10:43 AM.

Soldier Boys e dina tiko na ka koni vakaraitaka mai. WE love you too. We know that you are there to feed and look after your respective families. But the problem are those of our kind iTaukei that are destroying our very foundation, Vanua , Lotu and Matavuvale to the Muslim Kaiyum and Co.

The second issue that you are there through a one man's snap decision to protect his own image and reputation at the cost of you coming home dead, More of our family will be father and motherless. We want you come home alive and drop your guns and walkaway home to safeguard the Vanua to enjoy happy family life again.

We love you and will continue praying for you and families that you left behind.

The first dead soldier arrive home will trigger the problem in our government leadership and more bodies arriving may open the gate of hell at home only to those who turned their deaf ears on our good pious advises. If trouble starts not to worry your families will be safely guarded and protected awaiting your home coming and safely return to the Vanua.


Anonymous said...

Isa Soldier boy @10.43 am. God bless you but remember..

We also had nothing against you when you sacked some of us from our hard and honestly earned jobs and even killed some of our loved ones. We had nothing to hide but you also violated the inner sanctities of our family homes in the name of quelling dissent to your coup takeover.

But we forgave you and hoped that you will come to your senses and realise the follies you have been led into.

We are suffering here in Fiji much more than most of whom you purport to keep the peace for there in Syria. There is growing dependency in families as more people are compelled to retire earlier and the masses that are being laid off by the day. No one dares say this (as it is) to you here in Fiji for fear of being taken in for 'incitement'. We see you soldiers enjoy the frills, while we suffer quietly. We are your next door neighbours, and unassuming and uncomplaining family and friends but we fear speaking the truth because only you have the means to effectively quell any dissent or signs thereof. So please think about us because i want to ask, " do you know what you're fighting for"?

May God protect and bless you. We forgive you.

Anonymous said...

Imran Ali where the hell did you get that conclusion that SODLEP is finish? Don'tq you know SODLEP will be running the Fiji Govt, after 2014 election supported by the UFDF .so do you think that SODLEP is threatened by the recruitment of more soldiers ?No way what's that to do with SODLEP .we fight for the people to be given their right and the native people be given what is rightly theirs their culture and tradition and their land and live peacefully with other races irrespective of their colour,creed or religion and treat them equally,fairly and justly. Therefore Imran cut out that sort of unhealthy negative comment.

Anonymous said...

Yes ,True that Qarase,Chaudry and Baba are talking about democracy when they are out of government. You know why ? Because they are people of responsibilities and dignity. They are matured,educated and experience .and lastly but not least they were voted into parliament through democratic election but were illegally removed by the military who are currently messing up every sphere of the government,filling their pocket from tax payers money and ruling through iron fist with no respect for the people.do not be mistaken word and deed are two different things altogether.through word it is yes but through tick it is NO

Anonymous said...

Sorry , Indofijian if you dis agree with what is on coup 4.5 than find another blog site. You can not limit or stop anyone from entering what ever comment. He or she want to make.I do agree that we have to contribute constructively and positively on the pros and cons of the uncertain political situation our country is currently facing but we can not blame coup 4.5 for it we can only praise coup 4.5 for making this blog site available for everyone so just too bad Indifijian no option.

Anonymous said...

I hope you get you facts right because Japan was surviving from aids after being bombed for many years America was the biggest donor and after sometimes Japan got back to its feet.We all know that Rome was not built in one day. The problem is that Fiji was already built and was well on irts way to recovery from the previous two military coups then the whole structure was taken down again by the military. The hard working honest people are sick and tired of the useless military.When you peopkle are responsible for the destruction of our beloved Fiji how can you justify your action. Now you are saying people should work hard and do not get lazy. Thay have been working hard and the problem is the military as it continue to destroy the fruit of those hard working people of Fiji.Now the Military Regime has created history by putting Fiji to its highest debt in its history so short live destroyer Bainimarama Dharam Lingam

Anonymous said...

Bainimarama, people of Fiji are waiting for you to resign to contest the election.You will loose you seat and unfortunately none of your party mambers will ever win a single seat. This will be the repeatition of the 2006 election when the New Alliance lead by Rt. Epeli Ganilau and fully supported by Bainimarama never won a single seat.History will repet itself.

Anonymous said...

Yes we are waiting to see Bainimarama declare his asset and what ever he has acquired from the governments pool and from the business comunity under the table during his illegal raign as self appointed PM.Your trail will be followed and nothing will be hidden.