Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Shady Natadola Communique

Posted on Intelligentsiya - 27 JULY 2010

Pacific leaders who may have taken up, in good faith, Bainimarama's invitation to the suddenly downgraded MSG meeting, find themselves endorsing Fiji's illegal and treasonous military regime EVEN when their resolutions during the Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting have been consistent thus far.

Oh to be a fly on the wall and watch them wilt under the unblinking stares from Australia and New Zealand whilst they're all in Vanuatu (sans Fiji) next week.

In news just to hand regarding our favourite and irrelevant regional media organisation PINA, we understand that a certain donor has yanked all funding for their meeting which they had hoped to hold at a 5-Start hotel in Vanuatu. PINA Execs are now quickly coordinating for a hugely downgraded meeting at a "smaller" hotel, with greatly reduced regional participation to boot.

Intelligentsiya will now be examing NGO's who are propping up the military regime and working to ensure that donors yank funding from unprincipled civil society bodies who think they can spend taxpayer money from functioning democracies yet prop up a military regime.
THE NATADOLA COMMUNIQUÉ 
1. The Head of State of Kiribati, Prime Ministers of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Fiji and the Ministers, Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Representatives of Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Timor Leste, Tonga and Vanuatu met in Natadola, Fiji on 22 – 23 July 2010 to discuss issues of common interest including trade, security, sustainable development, good governance, commerce, environmental pollution, climate change and Fiji’s Strategic Framework for Change. 

2. The Leaders expressed their appreciation and gratitude to the Government and people of Fiji for their warm hospitality.

The Leaders:

3. Acknowledged with appreciation the high level of representation and attendance of the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) that participated in the meeting;

4. Reaffirmed the special cultural bonds and ties that the PSIDS share with each other;

5. Agreed that Fiji’s Strategic Framework for Change (SFC) is a credible home-grown process for positioning Fiji as a modern nation and to hold true democratic elections;

6.  Agreed that important lessons could be learnt and shared within the region, from Fiji’s experience and Fiji’s implementation of the Strategic Framework for Change;

7.  Recognised the need for Fiji’s continuous engagement with the region and its full participation in regional development, initiatives and aspirations;

8.    Acknowledged opportunities for partnership offered by Kiribati to develop joint ventures in fisheries processing;

9.    Acknowledged opportunities offered by Papua New Guinea in various sectors to PSIDS on bilateral basis which include mining and exploration, employment, petroleum, education and other investment opportunities that could be taken up by the Pacific Island countries through bilateral arrangements;

10.  Agreed that the opportunities available in Asia have the potential to stimulate economic growth and investment in PSIDS and recommended strengthening of economic ties with Asia;

11.  Reiterate the need for PSIDS to take a stronger and united position on issues relating to climate change and sea level rise that affect the survival of the Pacific Island Countries;

12.    Expressed concerns that funding committed at the global level for adaptation measures on climate change is yet to materialise and funding already channelled through regional institutions by our development partners are being unnecessarily delayed by complex procedures and high consultation fees;

13. Called on regional organisations and development partners to expeditiously disburse funds committed on climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives; 

14.  Reaffirmed the urgent need to conserve the region’s ocean resources and supported the Pacific Ocean 2020 Challenge and other conservatory measures such as the Coral Triangle Initiative, Micronesian Challenge and the Phoenix Islands Protected Area;

15.  Committed that the fisheries resources and deep sea mineral resources must be exploited on sustainable and environmentally friendly manner

16.    Agreed to consider the proposal by Fiji to conclude on a bilateral basis with PSIDS agreements on areas which include trade, regional tourism, education, shipping, aviation, immigration, fisheries, assistance in modernising laws, labour mobility, cooperation between chambers of commerce and the private sector and regional hub. 

17.  Noted the outcomes of the Police Commissioners Meeting that took place on 21 July 2010 and supported the setting up of a Regional Police Academy.

18.  Acknowledged the presentation on the ‘Pacific Bridge to Noble Wealth’ project and the potential opportunities available for Pacific countries to integrate knowledge-based economies and tourism industries for sustainable development.

19.    Agreed to the concept of “Rethinking Oceania” and endorsed the efforts of the Pacific Conference of Churches to recommend a development model that moves Oceania towards inclusiveness and sufficiency, report back in two years time.  
20.  Accepted the Fiji Government’s offer to organise annual meeting of Pacific Small Island Developing States to continue engaging with Fiji and review other issues they have discussed at Natadola.

Natadola, Fiji
23 July 2010
Comments posted on Matavuvale.com

  • It is a pity thTall the countries that endorsed and attended the Meeting in Fiji are now condoning the criminal activities of the Illegal Pm of Fiji.It does not matter that Bainimarama has forced and maintained his illegal Regime for 4 years the Small Pacific Island Nations have all come together to appriciate and applaud Bainimarama in his Abuse of Human rights in Fiji, murder of innocent civilians, torture of anyone who says or does anything against the illegal regime in Fiji. This is the new Pacific way Post coup in Fiji.
    The more we read the communique fron Fiji about the outcome of the meeting the more desperate we feel Bainimarama is in terms of his need to be recognised as some type of a demi gog in Pacific. The only trouble with this meeting is that everything they agreed upon to be done will require money that nations like Tuvalu, Federation of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Tonga,Vanuatu, Solomons do not have. Now Who are they going to turn to for help here? Only NZ and Australia will help them achieve what they want but as long as Fiji's Bainimarama continues with his criminal activities in Fiji NZ and Australia will not help.
  • I suppose that means they're suggesting that coup is the way forward in the Pacific. What do they say to countrys who found itself, whether monarchy or democracy now challenged by this idea. No point following Fiji's example because its based on force, abuse of human rights, killing, torture, corruption, nepotism and dismental of indigenious institutes. Fiji should never be a model. Dialogue and Free government is the only way.
  • We should write letters to the Prime Ministers of Solomon Isalands and Papua New Guinea and their newspapers voicing our embarassment and discontent of their support of Fiji's dictator Voreqe.As Voreqe is building up support for his illegal government in the Pacific Region,we also have to build our support of opposition in the Pacific region.The people of the Pacific should known what is really happening in Fiji and help pressure their governments not to support the dictator.It would be helpful if anyone from those regions give us names of influential newspapers to writre to.

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