Tuesday, July 13, 2010

IT’S A PLOT, ILLEGAL FIJI PM WARNS


13 July 2010
































Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama last night accused Australia and New Zealand of being behind the cancellation of next week’s Melanesian Spearhead Group Summit at Natadola.










The development is seen as a threat to the future of the MSG, the only major regional group where Australia and New Zealand are excluded.





















Speaking from Daejeon in South Korea last night, Commodore Bainimarama said this would destabilise the relationship between the Melanesian Spearhead Group countries.





















"I'm disappointed," Commodore Bainimarama said.





















The deferment came from Vanuatu Prime Minister and current MSG chairman Edward Natapei who had indicated that an impasse over Fiji's hosting and chairmanship of the event needed to be resolved.





















Speaking in Fijian, Commodore Bainimarama said Mr Natapei has been listening a lot to Australia and New Zealand who are on a mission to dissolve the MSG.





















"Mr Natapei's call would not do any good towards the relationship of the MSG brothers.





















"Australia and New Zealand are trying to embarrass Fiji by dissolving the MSG. If there is no MSG then MSG leaders will be reluctant to come forward and discuss their issues and problems."





















Commodore Bainimarama said he only hoped that Mr Natapei would heed the call of his MSG brothers and understand Fiji as being the host nation.





















Commodore Bainimarama said there is worry because Fiji is ready and well prepared for the Summit.





















He said Mr Natapei had been the only MSG member opposing the chairmanship of the Summit despite several proposals by Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.





















"This is because they understand Fiji's role in the Summit."





















Commodore Bainimarama believed that Mr Natapei was pressured by Australia and New Zealand who will continue to attack Fiji and the reforms that are taking place.


MSG chairmanship unresolved, Roberts told to leave
Story by: Vijiay Narayan

Fiji Village News - 13 July 2010



Fiji's Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has just confirmed that Fiji is moving ahead to organize the Melanesian Spearhead Group Plus meeting next week.

Despite the announcement by the Chairman of MSG and Vanuatu Prime Minister, Edward Natapei last night that the MSG meeting has been deferred until further notice, Commodore Bainimarama said the meeting will go ahead.

Speaking to Fijivillage from Korea a few minutes ago, Commodore Bainimarama said the solidarity amongst the Pacific island countries need to be maintained.

While deferring the meeting last night Natapei said this is a collective decision of the leaders of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the FLNKS in New Caledonia and Vanuatu in light of the current impasse within the grouping over the Chairmanship of the MSG.

According to the rotation cycle of hosting of the MSG, Fiji is the next host and Chair of the Leaders Summit.

The deferment came after Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama's chairmanship of the grouping was questioned last week after intervention from Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare for MSG Leaders to accept Commodore Bainimarama as chair.

Natapei said the potential long term ramifications of allowing Fiji to Chair the MSG this time cannot be ignored.

He said there are basic fundamental principles, values of democracy and good governance that the organization is built on and they must to continue to uphold them.

Commodore Bainimarama said he knows that only the Vanuatu Prime Minister is bringing up the issue about the Chairmanship of the MSG.

He also said Natapei has given up from pressure applied by countries like Australia.

Fiji's Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Solo Mara also said to their knowledge, only Vanuatu has an issue with Fiji hosting the MSG Summit with both the Prime Ministers of PNG and the Solomon Islands writing to Natapei last week seeking his understanding and support for Fiji to host and Chair the MSG Summit.

Mara said the understanding was based on the Melanesian custom of deferring to your host when entering his or her village or bure.

He said Natapei's suggestion for him to chair the meeting hosted by Fiji sought to dispossess Bainimarama of his role and responsibilities of hosting in his own country.

And as the MSG Chairmanship debate continues, the Acting Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, Sarah Roberts is expected to leave the country within 24 hours after she was declared persona non-grata by Fiji.

Fiji Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola said her expulsion is regrettable and a direct result of recent reports that Roberts has been interfering with the internal affairs of Fiji and conducting unfriendly acts.

Kubuabola said the Australian government has been engaged in strategies to undermine Fiji's sovereignty and weken the economy, and this has been further highlighted by calling on MSG countries, especially Vanuatu, not to attend the MSG Leaders Summit.

According to Kubuabola, most of the non-MSG member countries had already accepted the invitation to attend. He said Australia has no business in the MSG Leaders Summit but has continued to discourage MSG member states.

Kubuabola said this is evident in the increase in aid from Australia in its 2010 and 2011 budget to the Pacific.

He said the special aid from Australia will see the Vanuatu government receive 66.4 million dollars, the highest ever in the country's aid from Australia.

The Australian Foreign Minister, Stephen Smith, said Fiji's decision to expel Sarah Roberts is deeply disappointing.

We have just been told that Roberts was served with a notice in the last hour, giving her 24 hours to leave the country.

The Australian High Commission is expected to comment later today.



Fiji hits back at Aussie tactics
FBC News - Report by : Stanley Simpson

Tuesday, July 13, 2010










Australia has no business poking their nose into the affairs of the Melanesian Spearhead Group meeting, Fiji has warned.

The statement comes as the government threw out the Australian Acting High Commissioner to Fiji Sarah Roberts.

The government says Ms. Roberts was leading the charge in trying to stop the MSG Plus meeting from taking place, and actively undermining Fiji’s sovereignty and relationship with Pacific neighbours.

Government sources tell FBC News this shows Australia’s paranoia about losing control in deciding what is best for the Pacific.

Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola says Fiji is being subjected to undue pressure and frustrated in its efforts by the use of Australia’s economic, financial and political clout.

He says Australia’s strategies – dangling carrots of increased aid to countries like Vanuatu – has worked with Vanuatu announcing a deferment of the MSG-Plus meeting in Fiji.

Ratu Inoke pointed to the recent $66.4 million Australia gave to Vanuatu from a special aid budget – the highest ever in the country’s aid from Australia.

Fiji officials also point to Vanuatu’s late announcement of the deferment as a deliberate strategy to sink the meeting, saying the chairmanship issue raised by Natapei is a petty one that can easily be resolved.

Last year the MSG, including Vanuatu unanimously supported Fiji’s ‘roadmap’ to democracy.

Last night Australia’s Foreign Minister Stephen Smith admitted that they were lobbying against the meeting taking place – but says their representations to the countries were ‘perfectly appropriate.’

Fiji says the MSG leaders summit and associated meetings is very important to Fiji and the Pacific countries given the opportunity to expand ties in trade, tourism and peoples exchange.



Australian Acting High Commissioner Sarah Roberts has been told to leave Fiji.
Story by: Ana Naisoro

Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola said the decision to declare Roberts as persona non-grata is in accordance with the provision of Article 9.1 of the Vienna Convention, adding her expulsion is regrettable and a direct result of recent reports that Roberts has been interfering with the internal affairs of Fiji and conducting unfriendly acts.






Ratu Inoke said Fiji had exhausted all avenues and on numerous occasions have relayed our concerns to the Acting High Commission and these actions ultimately resulted in undermining the growth prospects of Fiji's economy, and the good rapport between Pacific Island Countries.

He added the practice of quiet diplomacy was given every chance to prevail by Fiji authorities in their efforts to seek understanding and co operation, and Roberts was advised to stop interfering in Fiji's domestic affairs, as Fiji is a sovereign nation.

Ratu Inoke said the Australian government has been engaged in strategies to undermine Fiji's sovereignty and weaken the economy, this has been further highlighted by calling on Melanesian Spearhead Group countries, especially Vanuatu, not to attend the MSG Leaders Summit.

According to Ratu Inoke, most of the non MSG member countries had already accepted the invitation to attend, adding Australia has no business in the MSG leaders’ summit but has continued to discourage MSG member States.

He expressed disappointment at the continued efforts by Australia to undermine the Fiji Government's effort to boost the economy and return to Parliamentary democracy by 2014.

He goes on to say that Fiji is being subjected to undue pressure and frustrated in its efforts by the use of economic, financial and political clout of Australia who feel that they are the sole arbiter for what is best for us all.

Ratu Inoke said that it is extremely important that Australia re engages with Fiji and that continue dialogue to work through issues.

Unfortunately, this did not work in Sarah Roberts case.

He however said he remained open and optimistic that our temporarily strained diplomatic relations are repairable.



Govt upset with call by MSG chair to defer summit



Government has expressed it's disappointment with the Chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Groups' call to defer the summit so late into Fiji's preparation.

According to a Ministry of Information statement, it stated that Fiji is disappointment with the Chairman and Vanuatu Prime Minister Edward Natapei's call to defer the summit without exhausting all the political options and avenues available to him to resolve the so-called "impasse within the grouping over the Chairmanship of the MSG".

The statement goes on to say that to Fiji's knowledge only Vanuatu has an issue with Fiji hosting the MSG Summit with both the Prime Ministers of PNG and the Solomon Islands writing to the Chair last week seeking his understanding and support for Fiji to host and chair the MSG Summit.

It stated that the understanding was based on the Melanesian custom of deferring to your host when entering his/her village or bure.

It goes on to say that the Chair's suggestion for him to chair the meeting hosted by Fiji, sought to dispossess our Prime Minister of his role and responsibilities of hosting in his own country.

It is therefore ironic that the Chair would quote Melanesian values and traditional practices when offering support to Fiji in his press statement.

The statement said Fiji hoped that the Chair would consider Prime Minister Bainimarama's suggestion conveyed via his letter of 8 July to convene as early as next week the "Special Meeting of MSG Leaders" to resolve the Chairmanship issue.


Comments posted on Matavuvale.com
  • The voice of a desperate man when he is shown the right way to do things is cry. That is exactly what Bainimarama is doing. Mr Napatei is just following the rule of law and that is do no business with criminals.Since Bainimarama is a suguraki PM, Napatei has every right to see him as who he is and so has every right to state that Bainimarama should not be the Chairman of the MSG meeting because he was not voted in by the people of Fiji.
  • Another thing too is that Mr Napatei surely knows who helps Vanuatu the most and that is Australia and New Zealand not Fiji.All other Pacific Island Nations are beginning to see the reality of Fiji's illegal government and they do not want anything to do with it..
  • To see Kubuabola coming to Bainimarama's defence of granting Persona no gratta to the Australian diplomat boders on lamusona and liumuri with the added "Fiji is still open to discussion." What is there to discuss and with Australia not retaliating in kind makes Bainimarama and Kubuabola the epitome of stupidity in the highest degree.
  • hahaha...What Plot? Your downfall is still being stored for later. The best is yet to come Voreqe. As Mark said 'You aint see nothing yet Voreqe!'.
  • This is the main problem with this idiot (@Voreqe), Suli. E sa rui tamata yalo levu. Just running the whole country like a show business. No diplomatic sense or whatever. Some people are just not meant to be leaders. This idiot is just one of them as he has been demonstrating all along.
  • Hahaha
    Blame Blame Blame... Someone to blame all the time every time. This time its Australia. They would even blame Australia for the coup, it seems. We watch them stumbling before the collapse of these illegal regime.

    Good on you Australia and NZ for standing your grounds. Oh and Samoa and Vanuatu. We need all other small nation to come out and stand against them too. Maybe its time to target these small nations for their illegal support too.
  • Someone should tell this imbecille Kubuabola, that the diplomatic relations between all the players in the Pacific is best conducted if they are a legitimate government. At the moment, they are not and the recent back-flip by the MSG is another sign that they are fearful of the consequential backlash of supporting their illegal government.

    Where is the illegal Prime minister whose instructions has resuted in this deportation of another diplomat ? It will only be a matter of time before Russia and China will also be telling Bainimarama that they will support him only if he has an elected government.

    The People's Charter is not convincing a lot of people, as we now see that the MSG has backtracked on their support. We told John Sami that, here in Canberra, the people of Fij have not had a proper vote for the document and now the Pacific Island Nations are telling this so called "sovereignity" to legalise or legitimise itself. Failing that, and he will be cursed with a life of borrowing, trying to justify itself of its decions and decrees and the aching feeling of pleasing the population to legitimise itself.
  • Upset for defer of meeting? Voreqe now you can taste what its like to defer an election. It doesnt matter how much you try to pursuade and establish you illegality, you wont succeed. You idiot. Stand you ground Natapei.

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