Monday, October 01, 2007

Support cause, not means: Beddoes

Monday, October 01, 2007

WHILE a non-racial vision for the country is good, the way in which the interim Government is trying to achieve it is not.

Ousted opposition leader Mick Beddoes made the comment yesterday in reply to interim Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama's speech at the United Nations 62nd general assembly in New York on Saturday.

"Military intervention was not the way to introduce change in 1987, nor was it the answer in 2000 and it certainly is not the answer now.

"I believe that the use of force is a sad admission of our collective inability to use intellect, dialogue, compassion, understanding and the powers of persuasion and reason in resolving issues in the past..." Mr Beddoes said in a statement.

He said the fundamental difference I have with the commander's vision is the way he and his interim ministers and supporters have chosen go about achieving this," he said.

"Which is 'through the barrel of the gun' and by turning the military, against the very people they are duty bound to protect and defend and in many cases using brute force against unarmed and defenseless fellow citizens, resulting in the loss of innocent lives."

Mr Beddoes said, "frankly speaking", it was difficult to argue with the aspirations of the interim Prime Minister as outlined in his speech, "except in perhaps two areas."

"In the first instance, there is the occasional exaggeration like the yet unsubstantiated claim of 'massive vote rigging and vote buying in the 2001 and 2006 elections' and on the composition of the interim administration, suggesting that 'except for him all other ministers are civilians' so I suppose we don't count the two former military commanders, and other former and recent military persons who serve as ministers and are therefore loyal to the military cause," he said.

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