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May 5, 2009

Leweni’s lexis

RE: Emergency regulations extended (05/05), I’ve just read Leweni’s comments in the original press release. Did you dumb him down or did his aides make him sound smarter than he really is?

Amazed-at-choice-of-words,
Fiji

May 1, 2009

Muddled message

RE: Pamphlets triggered military’s PR offensive (29/04) – I find it ironic that one of the public faces of the 2000 coup who was also quite vocal in his condemnation of the 1997 Constitution is now being held for his alleged role in distributing pamphlets which proclaim a willingness to die for it.

Cynic,
Fiji

April 29, 2009

Rudd inaction

KEVIN Rudd should stop kidding us. In telling the world that he has asked the UN to stop recruiting Fijian soldiers for peacekeeping missions, he is actually not doing anything new.

The UN too doesn’t need to be asked because it had stopped recruiting since the December 2006 coup.

What people were asking the UN to do was for it to terminate the current Fiji involvement, in Iraq.

They also want the US Government to stop prevaricating and kick Fiji out of MFO in Sinai.

Fed-up,
Fiji

 

April 28, 2009

 Barr to democracy

WHAT is Kevin Barr talking about? Before he bores us with his sermon about the poor in Fiji and the racist policies of Laisenia Qarase, I think he owes each and everyone of us, an apology.

It is so-called men-of-the-cloth like him who cheered Bainimarama on, and now that the Constitution has been torn to pieces (or they say), he has the cheek to tell us what Fiji needs.

Shameful. Go back to your calling Fr Barr.

Confused,
Nadi

 

April 27, 2009

Hunkin out of tune

IT amazes me what an overnight stay in Fiji can do, as we can see from the utterances of [American Samoan] politician Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin.

Hunkin says Australia and New Zealand have misled the United States in their dealings with the Fiji regime, and by extension is advocating that the US needs to get a wider range of opinions from other people before it makes any decisions.

Why then did he decide to meet Bainimarama and Chaudhry only? Why not any other Fiji politician?

In addition, why didn’t he for a start read up on the thoughts of one of his own, a leading statesmen in the Pacific, the Hon Prime Minister of Samoa [Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi]?

Perhaps the politics of Washington DC are just so attractive that there is the inclination to feel out of tune with the islands. What say Hunkin?

Fly on the Wall,
Lami

 

April 26, 2009

Melanesian way

THE constant harpings of Melanesian leaders with regards to the situation in Fiji show how ill-informed these so-called leaders are.

For Manasseh Sogavare to say that the [Pacific Islands] Forum is taking the wrong approach in its dealings with Frank Bainimarama shows how naive the man is.

He advocates dialogue, but where has dialogue taken Fiji? A coup in 2006 and half a coup in 2009.

The man who ousted him from office Dr Derek Sikua now talks of a “go-slow approach”. What exactly he means by that, only he knows.

He has conveniently forgotten that he put his signature to a forum decision in Port Moresby in January.

These men say they are Melanesians yet they seem more responsive to the leadership of a man who would not allow Melanesians in Fiji decide their own destiny.

Aggrieved Melanesian,
Viti Levu

 

Cosgrove’s comments

RE: Cosgrove says crisis ‘regrettable’, (25/04) – Consgrave [sic] , ex-commander of the Australian Defence Force was a member of the forum’s eminent persons group on Fiji in 2007 that led to a Forum Foreign Ministers Contact Group. Other members were then Vanuatu DPM and retired PNG CJ now governor of Madang Province.

Qilaqila,
Fiji

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