Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Australia had concerns at Fiji inviting other island countries to MSG summit

Radio New Zealand International - 13 July, 2010 




The Australian Foreign Minister, Stephen Smith, has confirmed Canberra had concerns about Fiji’s planned Melanesian Spearhead Group-Plus summit set for next week.





The meeting was cancelled on Monday with the chair, Vanuatu Prime Minister, Edward Natapei, saying the MSG must uphold values of democracy and good governance.



Fiji’s interim Government, in response, expelled the acting Australian High Commissioner, accusing her of interfering in Fiji’s domestic affairs.

Mr Smith has rejected that but says his Government had raised concerns that Fiji’s push to bring in other island countries, which are not members of the MSG, threatened the main regional body, the Pacific Islands Forum.

“Australia has been making representations that such a proposed meeting, a so called Melanesian Spearhead Group - Plus meeting, would be inappropriate because it would undermine the Pacific Islands leaders Forum as the premier forum for nations in the Pacific.”

Fiji is suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum.


Comments posted on matavuvale.com

  • This is just a "looking for friends" excercise and Bainimarama's efforts as voiced by Prof. Brij Lal "trying to be seen as the leader" The decision made by the Vanuatu PM has left a sour taste in Bainimarama's mouth. It has brought the "yalolevu" attitude out - hence the idea for this meeting, or, a meeting to go ahead.

    If we were to ask, what is to be achieved from this meeting, or what are the benefits the attending countries will get from being there ? The answer is, very little, as they will only be viewed as supporting Voreqe's government and there will be very little they can say in their defence after Voreqe has deported the Australian HIgh Commisioner and is contemplating the postponement of elections.

    The attitude that Bainimarama has adopted against Australia and New Zealand securely put Fiji in a hopeless situation. The attempt for dialogue which Kubuabola is weakly suggesting is not his call, it is a call that only the illegal PM can do, and judging from what he has said in his recent Radio Tarana interview, Fiji is imbued with hopelessness.
  • As you have rightly stated this proposed meeting is now only a pointless exercise. ratu suguraki will only want to proceed with it so he can make his point. After the withdrawal of PNG and Vanuatu, Fiji will be the only Melanesian representative left. As we've stated previously when push comes to shove the rest of the MSG will not support him and his suguraki principle.

    The reality of his incompetent behaviour is finally dawning on him. He has no friends within the Pacific and his look north policy is also not worth as much as he purported it to be. With no money and no friends he is now backed into a corner and we will hear a lot of empty threats from him and Khaiyum within the next few days but it will be an excercise in futility.

    He is now being exposed as a real con, he has no leadership qualities and no experience in diplomatic relataionship. Aust and NZ have now called his bluff and are not retaliating to his nonsensical attitude of expelling diplomats whenever he does not get his own way. His propaganda is not working, his multiple decrees have only ignited the international community to be more steadfast and now his very own (MSG) have deserted him.

    I suppose he can always rely on the FBC and the Fiji Sun to tell him how wonderful things are in Fiji.
  • WHY ARE YOU SO DISAPPOINTED MR.BAINIMARAMA??YOU HAVE TO FACE SOME OF THESE THINGS BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE USING THEIR BRAINS.SEGA NI DUA NA TAMATA TABU SAKA YANI ENA MAI VIA WILI TU ENA SO NA KA VAQORI NI RA KILA TIKO NI ILLEGAL TIKO.

    DAU VAQO GA DUA NA NOQU MOMO.."
    GROW UP MAN!!GROW UP"!!LOL!!!

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