Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Robin Nair had no response from Voreqe

Interlocutor says they sought meeting with PM
Wednesday, March 11, 2009

AUSTRALIA-based former Political Leaders Forum interlocutor Robin Nair said a meeting was requested with interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama to discuss their findings and receive any additional submission.

Speaking from Australia yesterday, he said he and Dr Sitiveni Halapua sent a letter in December to the interim Government since they had not received any further submission from them nor an opportunity to meet their representatives during their consultation phase.

"We had written to the interim Prime Minister on December 20, as a covering letter to our report incorporating the consensus we found emerging on agenda and the terms of reference for the President's political dialogue," he said.

Mr Nair said he was dismissed as an interlocutor because he had spoken to the media

"This was after I wrote an article for the Fiji Times saying how important it was for the interim PM to attend the PNG Forum Leaders Meeting called specifically to discuss Fiji.

"I had written it in the vain that my views could be persuasive and helpful. I was subsequently told the interim PM had decided he did not entertain disagreement with it or challenging him.

"I believe I am qualified to do so and ordinary people of Fiji want me to comment and the media continues to be interested in my comments. The media has a right to inform the public on issues of public interest."

Mr Nair noted that submissions were slow in coming but understandable in view of the complexity of issues that needed to be discussed by parties before submitting.

their responses to the interlocutors.

He said that he did not wish to rush this process.

Meanwhile Mr Nair was born in Fiji and studied at Otago University and at The Hague Academy of International Law under a UN Fellowship.

He was attached to the United Nations Legal Office in New York and served as First Secretary at the Fiji Mission to the United Nations in New York and concurrently in the Fiji High Commission to Canada for four years.

He has worked for the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations as the Regional Fisheries Law Adviser to the South China Sea countries and was based initially in Rome and then in Manila. In 1986, he joined the Australian Foreign Service.

Mr Nair also served at the Australian Embassy in Ankara in Turkey , Buenos Aires in Argentina (responsible for Argentina , Uruguay and Paraguay ) and as State Director, Tasmania Office.

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