Friday, August 22, 2008

We’ll paddle our own canoes: Bainimarama

We’ll paddle our own canoes: Bainimarama
22/08/2008
Sai Comment:
  • This is a disgusting and idiotic admission from someone who is supposed to be providing national leadership when he should well know that the innocent people of Fiji are now paying the price for his treasonous and illegal act. The people of Fiji I know are all praying for the day when they will rid Fiji of this man and all his cronies who are now forcing their policies on the people of Fiji.

Fijian strongman Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama says Fiji’s people may have to paddle their own canoes if it is to go forward as a nation.Bainimarama made the comment in the wake of criticisms leveled against him for failing to front up at the recent Pacific Forum leaders summit in Niue and explain Fiji’s commitment to a March, 2009 election deadline.He maintains that Fiji can not hold elections by March 2009 as demanded by Fiji’s development partners. Then Bainimarama outlined his Government’s plans to address “bread and butter” type problems while calling for unity in light of rising global prices.“I am now actively working on the release of funds for work to commence, as soon as possible within the next few weeks, in the rural areas for supply of roads, piped-water and power,” he said in a ‘statement to the nation’ today.“The Engineering Unit of the RFMF (Republic of Fiji Military Forces) and the Provincial Development Ministry will spearhead this work effort. “Also, we must develop and diversify the productive capacity of our economy so we can better adapt to the external shocks over which we have no control.”Bainimarama again called on Fiji’s people to grow more vegetable and staple crops and vowed that his Government will encourage the development of renewal energy sources such as biofuel, solar, and hydro electric energy. “We must rebuild confidence, create conducive conditions for increased investment, and we must grow our economy. It is for these reasons that I propose to convene a Mini Economic Summit in the first week of September,” he adds.He encouraged public feedback to the draft of the Peoples Charter for Change, Peace and Progress, saying he is prepared to extend the time for consultations.

Fiji warns Forum: Watch out for Aust, NZ
22/08/2008
Sai Comment:
  • Wake up Voreqe! You are the reason for your non-attendance at the Forum. Be a man and admit it. You just don't have the guts to front up to answer to your peers on your promise about taking Fiji back to democratic rule in 2009 and away from dictatorship to which you illegally dragged Fiji into in 2006 with your treasonous act.

Fiji’s interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama today sounded out a warning to Pacific island members of the 16-member Pacific Island Forum – be wary of Australia and New Zealand.“They now seem to have usurped the moral leadership of the region,” he said in a statement to the nation, which also happens to be his first public response to the criticisms leveled against him by the Forum leaders, particularly the prime ministers of Australia and New Zealand, for his absence at their meeting in Niue this week.At the conclusion of the meeting yesterday, the Forum issued a last warning to Fiji to prepare for elections by March, 2009 or face suspension, a decision the interim Government believes mirrored the strong position taken by NZ's Helen Clark and Australia's Kevin Rudd. Bainimarama said: “I convey my sadness to my counterparts of the island countries of the Forum of the emerging and threatening dominance of the Forum by the two developed metropolitan powers, Australia and New Zealand".“You all are aware of the high level public posturing by the Leaders of the two countries, both days before the Forum meeting and after they learnt that Fiji will not be in the Niue meeting.“The Pacific Island countries will need to be vigilant to protect the Forum organisation becoming a foreign policy tool of these two countries.”Admitting that Fiji was now isolated from the Forum, Bainimarama reminded Fiji’s people that “we may have to paddle our canoes on our own”. Bainimarama also challenged Fiji’s citizens if they agreed “to be bullied and pressured into doing things that are clearly not in our national interest?”.“If we succumb to such pressures, what next? What will that do to our self-worth as an independent nation?”In reaction to the condemnation of Fiji’s absence from the Niue Forum, Bainimarama explained that they had provided extensive written comments in advance of the meeting.He said Fiji’s report included a constructive proposed way forward to be considered in the Niue meeting. “However, we were compelled to refrain from traveling to Niue because of one reason alone: the action taken by the New Zealand Government to exclude Fiji from the post-Forum consultations,” he said.He said the Pacific Forum Secretariat had advised that the Post Forum Bilateral Dialogue meetings would take place in Auckland, and not Niue, which was confirmed by a letter from the New Zealand Acting High Commissioner to Fiji’s Foreign Affairs Ministry.

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