Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Wikileak Cables Reveal Inner Workings of Evil Regime in Fiji

Raw Fiji News has posted revelations about the machinations of key figures in the illegal regime in Fiji as noted by the US Embassy there. It reveals fascinating accounts of how the illegal regime goes about profiting from the situation they have created in Fiji armed with the repressive power they have. 

Once again it is revealing that the illegal AG features in the Wikileak reports, especially his behaviour in throwing his weight around, even intimidating banks wanting to foreclose on default property loans. As well, to see John Samy having regrets about the legitimacy of his Charter, is an interesting about turn from someone who was a very close ally of the regime and really cannot be trusted.

Read below the posts by Raw Fiji News

Peoples Charter architect John Samy told US Ambassador McGann dictator Bainimarama must return to 1997 Constitution and Parliament if Charter goals are to be achieved in post-coup Fiji
In late December 2008 John Samy, credited as the architect of the Peoples Charter, had a lunch meeting with United States Ambassador Steven McGaan inSuva. The dictator Frank Bainimarama had earlier asked McGann’s predecessor Larry Dinger in November 2007 if theUnited Statesgovernment could provide him US$2.6million to help fund the Peoples Charter exercise, led by Samy.
It has emerged that during that lunch meeting with McGaan in 2008, Samy had expressed his grave reservations on the Charter, as McGann reported to Washington in a leaked Wikileaks cable dated 22 December 2008 under the heading John Samy and the NCBBF Process. First, McGaan explained the background to the Charter: “The National Council for Building a Better Fiji (NCBBF) completed nation-wide &consultations8 on the draft Peoples, Charter this month and presented their report to the president on December 15.  The NCBBF claimed to have consulted approximately 425,000 people, with more than 370,000 completing response forms, 92 percent of which reportedly fully endorsed the Charter.  As reported reftels B and C, the consultation process involved a wide range of coercion and is perceived as having very little legitimacy. Opponents continue to question why, if the public truly supports the Charter, the IG remains unwilling to hold a public referendum on the document as originally promised. Meanwhile, the role the Peoples, Charter will play inFiji,s future and how its aspirational goals will become political realities remains a mystery.”
John Samy, the tainted ex-Asia Development Bank guy who’se regretting his decision to support Frank and Aiyaz’s illegal regime
Intimation used to get people to endorse Peoples Charter: Samy
McGaan then turned to the contents of the meeting, informingWashington: “In a recent lunch meeting, the architect of the Peoples, Charter, John Samy, told the Ambassador that that he undertook the process thinking it would be helpful to Fiji.  As political events have unfolded since the Charter’s launch in August, Samy has lost enthusiasm for the direction of the IG.  He expressed disappointment about the intimidation used to get people to endorse the Charter.  Samy understands now that the aspirational goals of the Charter) some of which are necessary to takeFijiaway from race-based politics) will not be met without returning to the 1997 Constitution and Parliament.  Ultimately, it might require a deal among all the parties and it is too soon to tell whether the PPDF can achieve this.  Samy said he was looking forward to his return toNew Zealand. ”
Khaiyum obstacle to holding election – Samy and Parmesh Chand
In the same cable, McGann, under the heading “Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and the Politics of Delay” noted Samy’s disenchantment with the Peoples Charter:
“Some of Samy’s frustration at the direction the IG has taken undoubtedly stems from encounters with attorney general Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, who remains close to Bainimarama and is strongly opposed to holding elections in the near term.  Fiji’s highest ranking civil servant, Parmesh Chand,  reached out to the Ambassador to express concern, both his own and on behalf of others within the IG seeking elections in 2009, about the AG’s influence with Bainimarama.  Chand’s view, that the AG has captured the ear of Bainimarama in a negative way, is widely held inFiji.”
Pramesh Chand
Khaiyum defaulter on several property loans, says US Ambassador McGaan
Khaiyum abuses his illegal AG office by warding off foreclosure and selling his properties in exchange for IG favors
McGaan also explained why the treasonist and illegal Attorney-General was holding Fiji back from going to the polls: “While ideology undoubtedly plays a role, Sayed-Khaiyum’s personal ambition and political isolation likely fuel his opposition to near-term elections.  The AG is not affiliated with any major political party, has limited contacts outside the IG, and would face an uncertain future should he lose his position.  He was in default on several property loans to one of Fiji’s largest banks for much of the past two years; the bank unwilling to foreclose for (the entirely reasonable) fear that its expatriate managers would be deported should they do so.  He recently resolved the delinquencies by selling the properties to law firms he dishes out IG work to, for prices well above fair market value. For the time being, Sayed-Khaiyum seems firmly ensconced, having time and again proven himself as  Bainimarma’s go-to guy, resolving a number of political and economic problems created by other IG ministers.”
John Samy’s candid acknowledgement to US Ambassador Steve McGaan in 2008 flies flat in the face of lying deputy secretary of the Strategic Framework for Change in Fiji, Edward Tuindau in 2011. His speech to the Melanesian despots in Nadi recently is reported in Coupfourpointfive of Tuesday 5 September 2011. Tuindau told the gathering: “The Peoples Charter process was a nation-wide inclusive and participatory process. It represents Fiji’s own way of addressing its deep-rooted, complex and fundamental problems. The NCBBF had received very strong broad-based support from the people of Fiji for the draft Peoples Charter with an acceptance rate of 64%.

It is on the basis of such a feedback from the people ofFiji that the NCBBF finalised the draft document and submitted this – The Peoples Charter for Change Peace and Progress to His Excellency the late President of Fiji in December 2008 for endorsement”
The Peoples Charter architect John Samy told US ambassador Steve McGaan that INTIMIDATION was used to get the people of Fiji to endorse the Charter. AndFijiis being held to ransom by a crook and near bankrupt illegal Attorney-General Khaiyum,  Bainimarama’s go-to guy thug.

Dixon Seeto should stop propping up illegal regime if Kikau’s disclosure is true


In a recent posting anti-regime critic and democracy campaigner Manasa Kikau claimed that Dixon Seeto is among the Alpha Group which is advising dictator and psychopath Frank Bainimarama and, by extension, Seeto is perpetuating the oppression of the peoples ofFiji.
The Fiji Chinese community is reportedly 6,000 strong, and although it is small it is highly influential. Among the Fiji Chinese community can be counted two of my own sisters-in-laws, who hail from influential Chinese families whose ancestral roots stretch back generations in Fiji.
Dixon Seeto’s motives questioned
In one of many leaked cables, the then American Ambassador to Fiji, Larry Dinger informed his masters back home: “THE CHINESE IN FIJI KEEP THEIR HEADS DOWN, HOPE FOR THE BEST”.
In his leaked cable, exposed by Wikileaks and dated 5 December 2006, Dinger begins by summarizing as follows: The Chinese community inFiji, estimated at 6,000-10,000 persons, is hoping to ride out the crisis caused by the military’s announcement that it is deposing the lawfully elected government ofFiji.  A PRC Embassy official told us the Embassy knows of only 17 Chinese residents who have leftFijibecause of concerns for their safety.  The Embassy is working with community leaders, he said, to finalize contingency evacuation and “stay in place” plans.  A prominent Chinese-Fijian leader said most of these plans and other emergency preparations have been generated by the Chinese community itself, though it welcomes any support it can get from the PRC Embassy and the Taiwan Trade Mission inSuva.  Both officials we spoke to said they do not expect any violence against the Chinese community, but are taking precautions in light of the violence against Chinese inTongaand theSolomon Islands.  The PRC government has not taken a strong stand against the military’s actions, in keeping with its “non-interference” policy, though it did endorse the UN Security Council press statement onFiji.”
Chinese Embassy Developing Contingency Plans
Dinger also revealed the role the Chinese Embassy was playing inSuvaas dictator Bainimarama was consolidating his brutal hold on power:
“Fei Mingxing, DCM at the PRC Embassy in Suva, told us the Embassy is working with the Chinese community in Fiji in developing contingency plans should the military takeover in Fiji lead to unrest or violence.  The Embassy held meetings with community leaders each of the last two weeks, and contacted leaders by phone after the announcement by Commander Bainimarama 12/05 that he had assumed control of the government.  The Embassy has made tentative plans to help with an evacuation, should it become necessary.   Embassy staff and families all remain in Suva, said Fei.  Employees have been advised to stock up on water and food supplies, based on the assumption that the Embassy will adopt a “stay in place” response to any unrest.  Fei said he is aware of only 17 permanent Chinese residents of Fiji who have left because of safety concerns.  He had heard of no problems since Baimimarama’s announcement.  Fei estimated that 6,000-10,000 people of Chinese descent currently reside inFiji.”
Chinese Community Taking Proactive Stance with Seeto’s help
Dinger shed further light on the concrete role Seeto was playing to protect the Chinese community:
It has also tentatively arranged transportation to Nadi should an evacuation become necessary. The association is working closely with the police to ensure Chinese farmers in rural Fiji are looked after.  The association has provided cell phones and other equipment to the police to make communication easier, he said.  Seeto said his association works closely with the Taiwan Trade Mission in Suva, as well as the PRC Embassy, and will accept help from either.”

“Dixon Seeto, former president of the Chinese Association of Fiji, told us 12/05 that while the PRC Embassy has been helpful, the local Chinese community inFijiinitiated almost all the contingency planning mentioned by Fei.  Few among the entrenched Chinese community, he noted, have PRC passports.  The Chinese Association has arranged for a large water tank to be installed at the Sun Yatsen school in Suva, the likely assembly point for Chinese if there is large-scale unrest.
Seeto feared “Tongan Re-play of Violence” against Chinese in Fiji
A month before the dictator had seized power inFiji,Nukualofa, the Tongan capital, had gone up in racial flames, with many Tongan-Chinese businesses directly targeted, burned, and looted by angry Tongans. Seeto and the Chinese Embassy inFijiwere taking no chances:
Dinger reported to Washington: “Seeto agreed with Fei that long-term Chinese
residents will ride out the crisis, but said that more recent Chinese arrivals inFiji, especially those with PRC passports or dual-citizenship, may pull up stakes more quickly.  
Seeto has therefore once again assumed the de-facto presidency of the association. Seeto said that members of the established Chinese community in Fiji, numbering about 6,000, are accepted and well-integrated citizens of the country, and therefore feel relatively safe.  Nevertheless, given the violence against Chinese in Tonga and the Solomons, the Chinese community must be prepared for the worst.”

He noted with some disdain that the newly elected President of the Chinese Association (a New Zealand dual-citizen) was among those who have already left.

Chinese Embassy adopts “Hands Off” attitude to dictator’s coup
Dinger, under a separate heading, “PRC Keeping its “Non-Interference” relayed the following: “Fei told us 12/06 that, as far as he is aware, the PRC has no plans to make any statement about the military’s actions, in keeping with its “non-interference” foreign policy.  He noted, however, that the PRC endorsed the 11/29 Security Council press statement onFijiwhich called upon theFijimilitary to “exercise restraint and avoid taking any action that would undermine the rule of law and run counter to the best interests of the people ofFiji.”
In conclusion, Dinger concurred with Seeto and Fei, noting in his cable: “We agree with Seeto and Fei that widespread violence against Chinese is unlikely.  However, Chinese businesses are prominent throughoutFiji, and especially in centralSuva. They could be a target if there is any breakdown in law and order after the military takeover.  Given the violence that took place against Chinese businesses inTonga, the proactive stance of the Chinese community seems entirely appropriate.”
If we are to accept Manasa Kikua’s disclosure, the Chinese community should read the riot act to Dixon Seeto, to stop propping up the dictator and prolonging the agony and sufferings of the peoples of Fiji. For the next time, the law-abiding Fiji Chinese community might not be so lucky, because of Seeto’s alleged role as a member of the secret Alpha Group advising the delusional dictator.


Fiji election in 2011 : Peter Eafare PNG High Commissioner to Fiji

Peter Eafare
RFN says : Our well placed sources have refuted claims made by tyrant Frank Bainimarama’s claims propagated through their censored Fiji media that PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill is on his side.
To the contrary, we can reveal here that O’Neil has rebuked Bainimarama’s illegal rulership and has in fact encouraged the Fijian dictator to follow the Appeals Court ruling and allow the 1997 Constitution to bring about the changes he is suggesting.
The PNG Ambassador to Fiji, Peter Earfare, also has no qualms in rebuking Frank and Co. and has been heard saying it to those who want to hear at his favorite hang-out in Vatuwaqa Golf Club, Suva.
But team Frank can’t do much about it or apply the same heavy handed approach like they did to the Australian and New Zealand High Commissioners who were given persona non-grata.
In other words, a persona non-grata on Peter Earfare will only confirm to Fijians and the world that the support team Frank’s claiming from the PNG government and the Melanesian Spearhead Group is nothing but a lie.
Are we to expect Peter Earfare to be booted out of Fiji? Only time will tell!
PNG High Commissioner Peter Eafeare’s message to MSG:  Support Pacific Islands Forum against dictator Frank Bainimarama in united front
Here is a secret cable, leaked to Wikileaks, on what Papua New Guinea’s High Commissioner Peter Eafeare had told American ambassador to Fiji, Steven McCann, in 2009:
1.  (C) SUMMARY.  Papua New Guinea (PNG) High Commissioner Peter Eafeare warns that the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) meeting planned for July 10 must reaffirm directly to Fiji strongman Bainimarama MSG support for the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) position regarding Fiji.  Otherwise, MSG retreat from support of the PIF would likely fracture the PIF while signaling a potentially contentious leaders meeting in Cairns in August. Port Moresby is weighing whether to call for a foreign ministers meeting beforeCairns in order to address the issue ofFiji in a way that will prevent it from dominating yet another Forum summit.  END SUMMARY.
2.  (SBU) During a call on July 6 by Ambassador McGann and DCM Pruett, PNG High Commissioner Peter Eafeare, the dean ofSuva’s diplomatic corps, discussed preparations for the MSG meeting planned for July 10 in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Vanuatu currently chairs the MSG, which also includesFiji,Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands.   The MSG members have invited Fiji strongman Frank Bainimarama to explainFiji’s position and to explore the possibility of a common MSG posture regardingFiji within the PIF.
Both Sikua and Natapei have shown sympathy for Fiji and a certain degree of naivete, observed Eafeare.   Somare, however, has plumbed the depth of his patience in dealing with Bainimarama, having been burned more than once by the dictator after committing his personal prestige to outreach attempts.

3. (C) As the sole diplomatic representative of an MSG country resident in Suva, Eafeare said he believes it critically important to the integrity of the MSG that it support the PIF in its dealings with Fiji.  He revealed that he is seeking to consult with PNG Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare by telephone to appeal for his personal diplomacy in shaping the Port Vila meeting for a successful outcome. Eafeare felt that Somare should intercede personally with Solomon Islands Prime Minister Dr. Derek Sikua and perhaps Vanuatu Prime Minister Edward Natapei in advance of the meeting, in order to impress upon them the need for a united front in dealing with Bainiamarama.  

4.  (C) Eafeare argued that whatever their personal misgivings about the PIF’s stand onFiji, the MSG leaders would need to take a stand consistent with the unanimous declaration of the PIF Special Leaders Meeting onFiji inPort Moresby in January.  If not, the Port Vila meeting could open the latent fissure within the PIF on the issue of Fiji, which could lead to Kiribati, Tonga and Tuvalu–and probably Micronesia and the Marshall Islands–joining with the MSG, which would tend to isolate Australia, New Zealand, and Samoa on the issue.  Eafeare disclosed that the suggestion had already been vetted of an “MSG-Plus” meeting to include these same countries, but the idea was struck in recognition of its divisive impact on the PIF.
5.  (C)  Eafeare,s best case scenario for the Port Vila meeting envisions a united front to Bainimarama that urges him to bring forward elections in Fiji to 2011, vice the September 2014 date Bainimarama declared as part ofFiji’s
“Roadmap” on July 1 (Ref A).  Eafeare agreed that Bainimarama seldom reverses himself publicly, but he noted that if Bainimarama chose, he could convene a new Leaders of Political Parties meeting to include Fiji’s opposition parties.  Bainimarama could then deem the meeting successful enough to allow the proposed next step, the inauguration of the President’s Political Dialogue Forum, to proceed without delay.
6.  (C) Even this best case scenario would tend to thrust the issue of Fiji to the forefront of the PIF Leaders Meeting agenda, despite the wishes of PIF Chair Australia and other PIF members to shelve the issue of Fiji for now in order to concentrate on other important issues, such as regional institutional restructuring and a regional trade agreement. To avoid such an outcome, Eafeare said he intended to suggest to his government that it propose a foreign ministers meeting in advance of Cairns.  The meeting would have the sole purpose of reviewing the issue of Fiji after the Port Vila meeting and of dealing with it in such a way as to keep the meeting at Cairns focused on these other issues, even while conceding that the question of Fiji’s status will necessarily impact on all of them.
7.  (C) The MSG meeting in Port Vila is a prelude to a variety of interactions likely to involve Fiji’s de facto government in the run-up to Cairns.  For example, the Australian High Commission in Suva now informs us that its high commissioner has been given the green light to pursue a meeting with Bainimarama.  Although a tactical loosening of its engagement policy, this change in Canberra’s approach does not intend to confer any sense of legitimacy on Bainimarama's government.  
It does recognize, however, that the question of Fiji’s political future weighs on the region’s ability to fully address other Pacific issues, and it brings Canberra in closer alignment with the steps already taken by the British High Commission and Embassy Suva.

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