PM will not be distracted from Roadmap


Fiji Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama says the warning by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group to suspend Fiji will not distract him from the roadmap he has outlined for the country.

“People have tried to change us from the last 18 months but what we have set out to do, will not change,” he said.

However, he said the government has not received any letter from the CMAG to inform him of their decision.

The Commonwealth renewed a warning to Fiji yesterday that it would be suspended from the grouping in September, if it failed to commit to holding new elections by next year following the 2006 coup.

In a statement agreed after seven hours of talks, ministers called for Fiji to inform it in writing by September 1 that it would hold elections by October 2010.

“In the absence of such confirmation, Fiji will be fully suspended on that date,” they said.

Informed sources told AFP the ministerial group was split down the middle, with countries including New Zealand in favour of suspension, but others including Malaysia, which chairs the CMAG, against.

Fiji has already been banned from Commonwealth ministerial meetings due to the coup. The action came after Bainimarama ignored a deadline to hold elections by March this year.


13 responses to “PM will not be distracted from Roadmap

  1. Threats and more threats, here is another tact these what you call them again, ought to take instead of threatening Fiji help sort Fiji’s problems out, the rot that existed prior to this coup has not crippled the country but rendered the people inert.

  2. Do we condone the seditious acts of 051206, Goodness, NO!!
    But let’s be realist, its is August 2009, NOT January 2007!!

    Apart from lost Knighthoods for our few elites, what else would we miss should we be booted out of Her Majesties Bullying Club?

    The Commonwealth have no regard whatsoever for Fiji’s sacrifices since the Empire days; Cream of our young men and women paid peanuts to fight for the Crown and whatever honour is left of the Empire thence Commonwealth in many wars.

    Though reciprocal the benefits, in modern theatres of war; the numbers of our Fijian soldiers deceased in active services, for the cause and values of the commonwealth has risen to the continued sorrow and tragic losses to relatives back home.

    How dare these “holier than thou” commonwealth gurus wanna judge our alleged human rights, social, political and economic injustices when comparatively; ours are kindergarten stuff in contrast to many frightening abuses in their respective domestic affairs.

    Don’t they have more important issues to ponder; like feeding the millions of hungry members of the commonwealth dying at alarming rates, devastating rampage of Malaria, Aids etc within the Commonwealth, genocide, international swindling operators hiding under the protection of respective commonwealth Laws. Religious and ethnic discrimination?

    We believe it is time for all hands on deck, or do we choose to continue in fantasy land waiting for a miraculous atomic bomb and military invasion or trade embargo to wipe out the perpetrators of the 051206 event, reinstate the 1997 constitution, give back Mr. Qarase’s PM job?

    Come on!! Let’s wake up. Our people back home have, and decide to move on with life; Coup or no Coup!! I know as I made a shuttle tour of ALL level of our Fiji community and have discounted many myths flying around blog sites!! I entered the camp, Governement building, markets, methodist and penticostal churches, grog parties, villages, squatter, hotels, Courts. Belive you me; ALL of them just wanna move on!! Let’s all do that shall we??

    It is time, for once to stop looking at ourselves, and focus on rebuilding our beloved nation. The wise Leaders of the Methodist Church have made that decision, the thousand of formers Fiji Citizens reinstating their Fiji Citizenship have, every man and his dog have. IT is only foreigners and whingers running around with placards that love throwing spanner in the works of our zest for an equitable resolve!! Goodness, life is for living!! Let’s live!!

  3. Bula vinaka Semi Meo.

    For once I agree with you on all points. God Bless You.

  4. This is two articles I posted on an article attributed to me in Raw Fiji News.

    For the record, I support Frank’s vision for a new Fiji.

    Read on……………

    vitivou said
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    August 2, 2009 at 10:04 pm
    Why are you people at Raw Fiji News twisting this comment of mine to mean something totally different? This is a comment I posted in reply to a comment on an article that appeared on your blog. You have misrepresented the meaning of this comment by making it an article of its own.

    vitivou said
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    August 2, 2009 at 10:07 pm
    By the way, let me set the record straight.

    I agree with Frank’s vision for Fiji and what they are currently doing to chart our way back to a new constitution and true democratic leadership.

  5. vinaka meo for visiting Fiji first hand!I salute u bro!!!

  6. dou sa bula vinaka na taciqu……..hope we all have a great week…..god bless…..

  7. there is also a interview on frank……on .

  8. @buta,

    bula taciqu. vakanuinui vinaka tu yani. God bless.

  9. You’ll get through this storm
    It is I; be not afraid. MARK 6:50
    Are you in a storm today? Then read these words: ‘The boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land. Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. And when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out…But immediately He talked with them and said to them…’It is I; do not be afraid.’ Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased’ (Mark 6:47-51 NKJV). There are four lessons here for us: 1) It’s when we feel most separated from God, that He’s teaching us the most. Dave Dravecky said, ‘Looking back…I have learned that the wilderness is part of the landscape of faith, and every bit as essential as the mountaintop. On the mountaintop we are overwhelmed by God’s presence. In the wilderness we are overwhelmed by His absence. Both places should bring us to our knees; the one, in utter awe; the other, in utter dependence.’ 2) God doesn’t show up early. Usually He comes in the worst part of the storm when you think you can’t take any more – but He will always be on time. 3) God takes us through different storms, revealing more of Himself to us in each one. Otherwise there are aspects of His character, and divine strategies we’d never understand. 4) God’s presence alone should be enough for us in any storm. The moment He shows up and says, ‘It is I,’ should calm all our every fearsour every fear should be calmed.

  10. @walaitavu..thanks tacina, as a matter of courtesy to my Irish uncle Bob Gass it would be ideal to acknowledge his TWFT publications.

    But thanks for sharing this timely words for all of us to glean from during these stormy days. Be cool!!

  11. Here once again except for walaitavu the grab on Meo’s soresore is firmer making Meo squeal with excitement.

  12. Ratu Sai is getting jealous of Meo.

  13. @sairusi,

    and you are suckling away the milk from walaitavu’s walai…..enjoy it…lolzzzz

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