Let’s just do it!
Thanks Bebenibogi for the heads up on the following news update
|Fiji opens borders to critics
28 JUN 2008
|The interim Government has welcomed with open arms the foreign ministers of New Zealand and Australia, its two staunchest critics.
NZ foreign minister Winston Peters and Australia foreign minister Stephen Smith may be part of a ministerial contact group expected in the country next month.
While the two countries have closed their borders to anyone linked to the interim regime, Fijian interim Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Epeli Nailatikau says Fiji will open its doors for positive political dialogue.
He said the country needs to at this time.
“There is no problem of Peters or Smith coming here…or Australians or other members,” Ratu Epeli said.
Peters and Smith are expected to lead a ministerial group to Fiji to engage in talks with the interim Government on how to quickly and lawfully return democracy in Fiji, particularly the much-talked-about general elections.
This proposed visit was mooted in an Auckland meeting of 16 foreign ministers from Pacific countries.
Ratu Epeli said the proposed visit of the ministerial group is yet to be finalised, but “it had always been on the card”.
“We should be getting something on that at the beginning of the week,” he said
Ratu Epeli said Fiji needed to strengthen relationships with its bilateral partners.
“What we have to do is to stay in contact, that’s what it’s all about,” he said.
“We can’t play this in isolation so any talks on how we can help the situation in Fiji will be welcome.
In March this year, Peters and Smith held a “fruitful” talk prior to the Auckland meeting of foreign ministers.
New Zealand’s TVNZ reported their meeting was dominated by discussions about Fiji and whether the interim military Government would hold democratic elections next March as promised.
It reported the two ministers said their countries were willing and able to help with the election process in Fiji.
Smith has opened the door to Australia having bilateral talks with Fiji’s military government.
“We are much more open to having a constructive dialogue, both within the Pacific forum and potentially with the interim Fiji government, provided we see some genuine adherence and commitment to the holding of the election, and some genuine and adhering commitment to the introduction of human rights in Fiji,” Smith reportedly said.
The military junta is trying its damn hardest to create and maintain their illusion of legitimacy, they’re saying to the world, ‘Come visit us and see for yourselves, the people are not complaining; they’re in agreement with the junta because they know we’re wiping out corruption that was rife under the Qarase administration; see for yourselves how they’re happily going about their usual routine!!’.
The PEOPLE say … Not so fast, you treasonous pigs!!!
This visit by yet another high-powered delegation represents an excellent opportunity for the silenced and oppressed majority to execute peaceful public/private demonstrations (with full coverage by the media of course) and remind the world that Fiji is still very much under siege & that we want this daylight TREASONOUS THIEVES AND MURDERERS taken out ASAP!
Mull it over bloggers and blog in yr thoughts on the best tactics to be employed without running foul of the junta’s stinky promulgations… and with minimal casualty, if any is foreseen at all. With the growing number of dissidents, the people await their legitimate and ousted leaders to get their act together and deliver!!