Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Step Down Voreqe

Step down, Singirok tells Voreqe

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Update: 11.37am A FORMER commander of Papua New Guinea's Defence Force has branded Fiji's interim Government illogical and absurd.

Former Brigadier-General Jerry Singirok told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat programme the majority of Fiji's military was opposed to the coup, but feel they are in no position to do anything about it, Pacnews reports.

He has called on Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama to relinquish his position and return Fiji to civilian authority by Christmas, saying the international condemnation of Fiji speaks for itself.

''I disagree with what Frank is doing,'' he said. ''I think it's absolute misuse of military power. I don't support his regime and I made that quite clear time and time again. I don't believe PNG should even entertain future commanders of PNG being run by the military. It's absurd. It doesnt support the process of democracy, and we must allow the democratic system to prevail,'' Mr Singirok said.

Academic: Use Forum to reconcile

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Update: 10.51am PACIFIC leaders should use next week's leaders Forum in Tonga to patch up differences, says a New Zealand politicial scientist.

Cantebury University Professor, Dr John Henderson, says while the language of the leaders has been extreme, the Forum can be used to go beyond the rhetoric.

Australia has been at loggerheads with both Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands for more than a year while both New Zealand and Australia have been very critical of the military regime in Fiji.

Dr Henderson told Radio New Zealand International if the leaders start talking again it would the most important achievement of the summit.

''I think that is more important than any particular issues that tend to come up at each and every Forum. I don't see an issue which is different with this Forum as with previous ones, but I do see a need to patch up relationships between key players, such as Australian Prime Minister John Howard, if he comes, and PNG leader Sir Michael Somare, who are at loggerheads at the moment or New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and Fiji's Commodore Bainimarama,'' Dr Henderson said.

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