Monday, July 21, 2008

Interim PM Rubbishes Peters Claims

Interim PM Rubbishes Peters Claims
Publish date/time: 21/07/2008

Claims by the New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters that majority of the people in Fiji support the sanctions imposed on Fiji by New Zealand have been rubbished by Fiji's Interim Prime Minister.

Commodore Frank Bainimarama said the sanctions are hindering Fiji's growth and development and it is worrying to hear Peters say that people have told them to continue with the sanctions.

However, Peters said the sanctions will continue.

He also revealed that political party leaders who met with the Ministerial Contact Group last week supported the sanctions imposed on Fiji.

Peters said he knows that the sanctions are hurting Fiji and it will only be lifted after democratic elections are held.

Contact Group Confused-Interim PM
Publish date/time: 21/07/2008 [16:30]

The Interim Prime Minister said the Forum Ministerial Contact Group is confused after meeting with political party leaders as their mandate was to only check with the authorities on how preparations for elections are being carried out.

Commodore Frank Bainimarama said it was not the Contact Group's job to meet with politicians as they would just say the same thing they have been saying since December 5th, 2006.

Commodore Bainimarama stresses that no date has been set and there will be no election in March 2009 at this stage.

The Ministerial Contact Group will present their report to the Pacific Islands Leaders Forum in Niue next month. However they have already announced that Fiji can have an election in March 2009.

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