Monday, September 29, 2008

Seek leaders’ views: Beddoes

Seek leaders’ views: Beddoes
The United Nations should have sought alternative views on Fiji’s situation from other leaders, says Ousted Leader of Opposition Mick Beddoes.
“I would have thought that they might have made some enquiries and obtained the alternative positions from the deposed Government or even myself as an elected and constitutionally appointed officer,” he said.
Mr Beddoes made the comments following a statement by interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama at the UN General Assembly that elections would not be conducted next year.
Asked about the statement that “On 5 December, 2006, a political transition took place in Fiji following an intervention from the Fiji Military Forces” Mr Beddoes it was a better way of saying a coup took place.
“I suppose his speech writer thinks it sounds better than an act of treason or a coup, but the bottom line remains very clear and simply. There was no political transition, he overthrew a democratically elected government and committed treason which is an offence under our Penal Code Sec 50 and regardless of what changes he wants to make to our system and how long he intends to hold on to power, it will one day come to an end and he will ultimately have to face his day in court to defend himself and his actions and be held to account like everyone else,” he said.

UN has not done enough: Qarase

The United Nations has not done enough to get the interim government to hold elections by March next year.
Ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase made the comments in response to interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama’s address to the UN General Assembly that Fiji will not be able to hold elections in early 2009 because work on a democratic electoral system was still in progress.
Mr Qarase said the world body can take a tougher stance to ensure elections are held as soon as possible.
He said despite Cdre Bainimarama’s views elections can still be held in March next year.
Mr Qarase said the interim Prime Minister had once again given a one-sided speech to the UN and failed to report that the proposed People’s Charter was a failure.

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