Monday, October 01, 2007

Ministerial group plans trip to Fiji

Monday, October 01, 2007

THE Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group will send another delegation to Fiji to air its concerns over the public emergency decree and a host of other issues.

The group that met in New York on Saturday said after meeting the interim Government the delegation should return and report to the group at its next meeting on November 22 in Kampala.

The group felt it was essential that Fiji held elections by the deadline of March 2009 and that all parties were allowed to participate freely, a statement from the Commonwealth Secretariat said.

It expressed grave concern at the re-imposition of the Public Emergency Decree last month.

The group said these were some of their concerns they hoped to raise with Fiji soon.

The concerns included:

the re-imposition of the Public Emergency Regulations in Fiji in September 2007;

the recent pronouncements of Commodore Bainimarama that the deposed SDL Party would not be allowed to contest the next elections;

the militarization of the Fijian administration including the presence of senior military personnel in leading government positions;

n and, reports indicating that the independence of the judiciary was being seriously compromised and that human rights violations were continuing.

The Commonwealth Secretary General Don MacKinnon was also at the United Nations listening to interim Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama's speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

No comments: