Monday, October 01, 2007

Bainimarama False

Bainimarama painting false picture: Peters
Sunday September 30, 2007

NZ Foreign Minister Winston Peters
New Zealand's Foreign Minister Winston Peters yesterday accused Fiji's interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama of not telling the truth about the situation in the country.

Peters in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, said Bainimarama gave a selective and misleading picture about the situation in Fiji.

"For people who do not know the facts, Bainimarama's speech might have left the impression that Fiji was on the road back to democracy.

"The actual situation is, however, quite the contrary," he said.

"He avoided referring to all aspects of the current situation, such as the recent re-imposition of emergency regulations that do not fit the story he was trying to sell.

"The assurances he gave on Fiji's commitment to respect human rights, good governance, judicial independence, and the rule of law are hollow when weighed against the actual behaviour of his regime."

Peters said it was "especially disappointing" that the passing references made to holding elections did not include the time-frame agreed with the Pacific Islands Forum and with the EU, which was to be by the end of March 2009.

"Taken together with other elements in the speech...the interim government's real commitment to early elections remains highly questionable.

"It is hard to avoid the conclusion that his intention is to delay the election until he is confident he can gerrymander the outcome," Peters added.

Can you support us, asks interim PM

Monday, October 01, 2007

Interim Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama pleaded with the international community on Saturday for their support.

Addressing the 62nd United Nations General Assembly Commodore Bainimarama said Fiji needed the support of the international community to develop a political and governance framework that is truly democratic, accountable, inclusive, equitable, non-racial, and which unifies Fiji's diverse communities as a nation.

"This is indeed the larger and the most critical of challenges which Fiji now faces," he said.

He said the interim Government was firmly resolved to tackle these challenges at least at four levels:

to restore stability, law and order, and confidence;

to strengthen institutions for good governance including transparency and accountability and an independent and effectively functioning judiciary;

to carry out major reforms in the economy to facilitate sustainable private sector-led growth; and

to convene free and fair general elections within a constitutional and governance framework that will ensure that parliamentary democracy is not only restored but can be sustained in

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