There is no doubt that the IIAG’s presentation tomorrow in PNG will sing the same tune but with minor edits in place justifying the courts legimitization of the coup and the so-called “acceptance” of 90-something percent of the populace of the Charter.
In other words, more Lies to the PIF Leaders.
Nonetheless we’ve given it the Intelligentsiya Seal at the end:
Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama,
(Interim) Prime Minister and Minister for Public Service, Peoples’ Charter for Change, Information, Provincial Development and Multi-ethnic Affairs and Indigenous Affairs
Statement by Interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama,
Your Excellency, the Chairman of the Pacific Forum of Leaders;
Excellency Prime Minister of our Host Nation,
Leaders of the Forum Countries;
Your Excellency Mr Kamalesh Sharma,
Secretary General of the Commonwealth;
Ministers, Officials, Observers;
Ladies and Gentlemen.
I am honoured once again to lead my delegation to the Forum Heads of Government Meeting as the Interim Prime Minister of
Mr. Chairman, you have received from the Forum Foreign Ministers Contact Group its Report on the situation in
The NCBBF, through its 3 National Task Teams and the 9 Working Groups involving over 200 people namely from the non-government sectors, together with feedback obtained from consultations with over 1000 villages and settlements across the country, made a comprehensive assessment of our situation in Fiji, in terms of the deep-seated problems we are facing, and how we propose to resolve them in the short and long term. This huge nation-wide effort represents our own way forward in
These �Way Forward� documents are being subjected to further dialogue and consultation across the country at the grassroots level, so that, in the final form in which these will be presented to the President in October and also the President�s Dialogue Forum, it is anticipated that they will reflect the will of the great majority of our people.
Mr. Chairman, the last Meeting of the Pacific Forum, in Nuku�alofa in 2007, had noted the importance of this initiative so you know that we had not initiated the work of the NCBBF merely to evade an election in March, 2009. This comprehensive road map for rebuilding the economic, social and democratic foundation of our country will be owned by the great majority of Fiji�s people. They will be asked to indicate their support or their opposition to the Peoples Charter in the national consultation process that has been launched. This activity is real grassroots democracy at work in
Mr. Chairman, Fiji�s relationship with the Pacific Forum is now at an impasse, if not a cross-roads. The Forum is inflexibly insistent in its demand that a General Election be held in
We believe the General Election must be held as soon as practicably possible but only after we have achieved broad consensus in Fiji for a non-racial and truly democratic electoral system and agreed on a Constitutional and legal way to introduce it. It is being proposed that we need to change our electoral system, that there is a compelling case for us in
With reference to their discussions with the Commonwealth Envoy, Sir. Paul Reeves, the Report of the Forum Foreign Ministers� Contact Group doubts that there can be agreement to a truly independent and inclusive political dialogue. I must ask why there is this doubt! We proposed to include all registered political parties in the President�s Dialogue Forum; we would even favour a much broader Dialogue Forum to include the members of the NCBBF and other stakeholders that have not yet been included in that proposed independent consultation process.
The ball is now in the court of the Commonwealth Envoy, Sir. Paul Reeves who recently visited
Mr. Chairman, the Interim Government is in firm and effective control of
The political parties and others in
Those who are behind the hard line stance taken against Fiji, who insist that an Election be held in March 09, are not really interested in helping the people of Fiji to deal with the problems that were exacerbated by the very politicians that the metropolitan countries in our Forum hope will regain power in Fiji should an election be held in March 09. These parties including Qarase�s SDL Party had rejected the 1997 Constitution when they were unconstitutionally and corruptly elected in September 2001.
Mr. Chairman, and Honourable Members of the Pacific Forum, forgive me that I now go back into some forgotten aspects of our recent history in Fiji because they are relevant to the relationship between Fiji and the Pacific Forum and the attitude that some members of the Forum have taken in regard to the situation in Fiji.
Those politicians, who come into power illegally, corruptly spent about $20 million of public funds to fund their Election campaign in 2001. On that occasion too, Laisenia Qarase had lied to the Court of Appeal that his Interim government would implement its judgement. It meant they should have resigned in March, 2001. They also promised their extreme ethno-nationalist supporters to introduce a new Constitution after the 2001 Election.
Between 2001 and 2006, the Qarase government defied the 1997 Constitution and refused to form a government with the Fiji Labour Party, as required by Section 99 of the Constitution. It chose, as its partner in Government, George Speight�s Party, the CAMV. After a Court decision, Laisenia Qarase made a mockery of the concept of multi-party government by proposing a Cabinet of 36 members and allocating ministerial positions with no responsibilities to the main opposition party, the Fiji Labour Party. That was his way of again, cynically, to evade the Judgement of the Court because the FLP declined such a humiliating offer.
After the 2006 Election, the SDL leader Qarase formed a multi-party government only because I was insisting that he must in compliance with our Constitution. But then, he refused to draw up an agreement on rules for how the multi-party government would run. Inevitably that Coalition government was headed for ultimate break-up, this not withstanding Mr, Winston Peters� belief that he could have saved it with NZAID good governance programmes.
Some in our Forum family, unfortunately, support people who pursue extremist ethno-nationalist policies that will take
This MCG Report is not concerned with the problems we are trying to grapple with in Fiji, that stem from the 1987, and 2000 coups and the illegal Election in 2001 that Australia and New Zealand supported.
We regret the fact that the MCG, and some of its members in particular, had not come to
Mr. Chairman, Foreign Minister Winston Peters of
Should this Forum, without reservation, endorse the MCG Report, then I am sorry to say we have reached the end of the road for
We will decide what is in our national interest at this juncture in our history as an independent and a sovereign nation. If we have to, we will seek assistance from outside the Pacific Forum and the Commonwealth. It is imperative that we now rebuild our nation on a firmer foundation. We urge you, our Forum family, to assist us if you possibly can but we insist that you do not undermine our efforts, dominated by the stance taken by our metropolitan members.
I reiterate, again at the risk of being trivialised by people in this Forum such as the NZ PM that we are committed to having a General Election in
We will not any longer tolerate the racist, divisive, undemocratic and unfair electoral system under which Qarase and his group want to be re-elected. We will hold the Election as soon as possible, and we need the Pacific Forum to support the process we are following. However, should you not be able to extend your support, we will carry on with the road map to which we are committed.
I wish to thank the Government and the people of
A warm thank you and Vinaka Vakalevu.