January 28, 2009

Obama administration weighs in on PIF decision

In case there was any doubt in anyone's mind that the Obama Presidency would not be in tune with what's going on in these parts, think again. The Obama administration has not missed a beat:

Bainimarama Has No Plan For Elections in Fiji
Press Statement

Robert Wood

Acting Spokesman

Washington, DC

January 27, 2009

The United States is extremely disappointed that Fiji’s self-appointed leader, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, refused to attend the Pacific Island Forum (PIF) conference of leaders in Port Moresby on January 27. The United States firmly supports the PIF’s statement that “More than two years of rule by an unelected military government, with no clear timetable for the return of constitutional government to the people, is not acceptable by international standards.” The United States strongly endorses the PIF position and urges Fiji’s interim government to move immediately to restore democracy and to hold free and fair elections by the end of this year.

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