Australia and New Zealand are backing themselves into a corner and handing the pacific over to the Chinese, Korean etc. However we wonder if America will allow this to happen, and if America comes to the aid of the Pacific where does that leave Australia and New Zealand?? Editors comments are in blue.
Australian and New Zealand diplomacy has failed Fiji, former Prime Minister and World Trade Organisation Director-General Mike Moore said yesterday. It has failed because of the arrogance of these countries
Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith defended his country’s approach on TV One’s Q and A show over Fiji, which is under the military rule of Commodore Frank Bainimarama’s regime. Actually thats not correct, check your facts Steve, we have a government of which Frank is the Prime Minister.
“Well they should be treated like pariahs, this is effectively a military dictatorship, this is a regime that has taken Fiji away from democracy.” Still yapping on about a democracy, play a different tune, i am starting to think that this guy is a bit slow, how many times do we have to tell you… WE NEVER WERE A BLOODY DEMOCRACY!
Mr Smith said Fiji’s economy was in a “very precarious” situation, in danger of “falling over”, and it had started talks with international financial institutions. And the Australian economy is doing great!!!! The world is in recession, come on Steve, you are starting to sound like a broken record.
Australian sanctions were not to blame for the situation, he said. “We have never imposed or contemplated sanctions which would have an adverse impact on the Fijian economy, on the contrary.” Ah then what are the travel bans Steve, we are struggling to get people to stand on boards and take up positions because you will ban them from Australia.
Mr Moore said one of the international financial institutions Mr Smith referred to was likely to be the World Bank.
“This represents a huge diplomatic failure by New Zealand and by Australia over several decades,” he told Q and A.
“Foreign policy is projecting and protecting your interests and promoting your values and building up over many years those values and those interests. We have failed.”
Mr Moore said “a game changer” was needed to look at the problems rather than take a critical approach. Someone who finally is speaking some sense.
“There has to be a game changer there, and to allow people to move, keep their dignity and keep their faith.”
After talks last week, Mr Smith and Foreign Minister Murray McCully said they would continue to put pressure on the United Nations over using Fijian peacekeepers. Idiots, what does this achieve, more poverty in Fiji, more unemployment, did Steve say not three paragraphs back that they didn’t want to adversely effect the economy of Fiji. Steve, mate, suggest you hop on a flight and come to Fiji and see for yourself what is going on here.
The UN decided last year not to use Fijian peacekeepers for any new missions but it has continued to deploy those already engaged.
Former New Zealand First MP Ron Mark told the show the UN struggled to find quality defence forces. IT speaks for itself really.
“One of the greatest difficulties the United Nations has is getting credible defence forces from credible countries that aren’t corrupt…
“It’s one thing for New Zealand and Australia to be saying we want the United Nations to drop Fiji from its list of preferred countries [and another to find replacements].” AFTER ALL WE ARE THE BEST…..