Friday, July 16, 2010

We had told Roberts to stop it - Tikoduadua

Story by: Vijay Narayan- Fiji Village News 

16 July 2010

There are more revelations now on the lead up to the expulsion of the Acting Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, Sarah Roberts earlier this week.

It may not have totally come as a surprise as Fijivillage has established that Roberts was contacted by the Fiji government on a few occasions to stop approaching Regional High Commissioners and Regional Government representatives to stop the countries from attending the planned MSG Plus meeting.

It has been confirmed that a number of representations were made to the regional representatives to ensure that Fiji is not able to have the support.

Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office, Lt Colonel Pio Tikoduadua said they knew along what was happening and they had spoken to Roberts about the issue.

Australia's Foreign Minister, Stephen Smith also confirmed that his country had made representations that it was inappropriate to have the MSG Plus.

Lt Colonel Tikoduadua said Fiji's intentions were always good and the campaign against Fiji by Australia was evident.

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