Monday, February 23, 2009

NGOs say Samoa PMs remarks on Fiji situation fair

NGOs say Samoa PMs remarks on Fiji situation fair - Monday, February 23, 2009

TWO non-government organisations have hailed Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepe Sailele Malielegaoi recent comments on the interim government as fair and accurate.

Among several issues, Mr Malielegaoi accused military commander and interim Prime Minister of intending to stay in power for another decade.

"I strongly believe that Bainimarama has no intention of relinquishing power and returning Fiji to democratic government," Mr Malielegaoi told the Samoan Government newspaper Savali. He had also called on the people of Fiji to reclaim their government.

Fiji Womens Crisis Centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali said Mr Malielegaois comments were accurate and should be heeded by all.

Fiji Womens Rights Movement said the development reflects the deep concern of our Pacific island neighbours.

Our right to choose our own leaders and to voice our opinions, as protected under Fiji's Constitution and international human rights law, have been denied or severely limited," she said.

Mr Malielegaoi issued the comments on Fiji after individuals and NGOs in Fiji sought his help, according to Radio Australias Pacific Beat.

I am having a lot of communications from NGOs and from individuals in Fiji, also asking me to help out, by speaking out on issues that I have addressed in the statements that I have released, Mr Malielegaoi reportedly told Radio Australia.

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