I will expel US ambassador if need be: Fiji PM
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama says he is prepared to expel the US ambassador from Fiji - if they continue to hinder progress in the country and oppose his government.
However Bainimarama told FBC News that US ambassador to Fiji Steve McGann was currently in Washington to explore ways of improving relations between the two countries – and he is letting things be for the moment.
In a vernacular interview on Radio Fiji One Bainimarama says the actions of Australia, NZ and now the US was hindering progress in Fiji.
He adds that if the US increased their opposition to Fiji’s progress – then it was best they move out like Australia and New Zealand and wait to re-engage with the government that would be elected after elections in 2014.
Bainimarama says it is best that they stand aside as his government was implementing a process and roadmap set out in the Peoples Charter –– to remove once and for all the elements that brought about instability to the country.
However he also expressed concern at the possibility of foreign governments coming in after the 2014 elections to support parties that would go against everything his government had put in place.
This he says will take Fiji back to the dark days that no one wants to revisit.
Report by: Stanley Simpson/Masimeke Latianara
December 15, 2010
Bainimarama: My Way or the Highway USA!
Bainimarama takes to the malleable FBC airwaves today to launch yet another flexing tirade against the USA.
And just like the coward he is, he chooses to launch it in the Fijian language to massage his ever waning support at the grassroots level ie the Churches and Vanua.