Thursday, September 25, 2008

Be cautious about interim PM, UN urged

Be cautious about interim PM, UN urged
Thursday, September 25, 2008
The Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua Party has raised its concerns with the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urging him to be cautious about the address to be made by Fijis interim Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.
Party leader, Laisenia Qarase, in a letter to the UNs Secretary-General, expressed his concerns that Commodore Bainimarama will make the UN General Assembly a forum for the kind of propaganda and disinformation that is hallmark of the regime.
According to Mr Qarase, Commodore Bainimarama did misinform the Assembly last year.
"Commodore Bainimarama has already announced that he will use his appearance at the Assembly to promote his proposed People's Charter and the associated National Council for Building a Better Fiji. He hopes to win backing for the Charter during discussions with some Heads of State while in New York," the letter said.
Mr Qarase said the main purpose of corresponding through the letter was to emphasise to the UN General Assembly that the interim Government is an illegal regime.
"In the view of my SDL Party, it has no legal authority to establish a NCBBF with a mission to virtually remake the country through the proposed Charter. The sweeping changes that are envisaged are the job of a properly elected Parliament, not an interim administration which came to office through an act of treason," he said in the letter.
Mr Qarase added that the inclusion of Charter in the interim Prime Ministers address to the Assembly would be nothing more than a bid to gain some kind of validation and legitimacy for a proposal which is in breach of the principles and ideals of the UN.
"It is also a direct threat to the rights of the people of Fiji and their desires for the reintroduction of democratic rule."
Commodore Bainimarama will be making his address to the UN General Assembly tomorrow 5pm (Fiji Time).

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