Monday, October 01, 2007

Ali wants full story

Monday, October 01, 2007

THE interim Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has failed to tell the United Nations the whole story about the country's situation.

She said Commodore Bainimarama had failed to address the human rights violations against a number of civilians and the death of two people at the hands of the military.

"The police have dealt with the officers allegedly involved in another death (Tevita Malasebe) but the military has yet to carry out justice on the ones allegedly involved in the other two deaths (Nimilote Verebasaga and Sakiusa Rabaka)," she said.

Ms Ali said while they agreed with the plans and what he was saying about nepotism and corruption - every successive Government had been doing it and the same people made the right noises.

"However I still do not believe a military coup was necessary," she said.

"When we have problems or difficulties we should stick within the constitution and use the various mechanisms for resolutions available plus keeping doors open to dialogue."

She said at the same time when you talk about fairness and nepotism Fiji labour Party officials were now on the boards of a number of statutory bodies.

"I think if he is honest with us he should take us back to democratic elections so the people decide what they want," she said.

"But it will be a challenge for him to try and control nepotism and check that his ministers also follow the same principles."

New Zealand's Minister for Foreign Affairs Winston Peters aired similar sentiments yesterday after hearing Commodore Bainimarama's speech.

He said Commodore Bainimarama was not telling the truth about the situation in the country.

Mr Peters said he gave a selective and misleading picture about the situation in Fiji

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