Two more countries have pulled out of the 39th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting which begins in Niue today.

Palau and Guams exist from the Forum talks comes after Fiji announced it will not be attending Forum talks saying it was been discriminated by not been facilitated to attend full Forum meetings held in Niue and post forum bi-lateral talks in Auckland, New Zealand.

Palaus President announced his country will not attend this years Pacific Island Forum in Niue due to the unresolved Forum issue on the situation in Fiji, reports Radio New Zealand.

President Tommy Remengesau said Fijis Interim Prime Minister, Commodore Vorqe Bainimarama, has not come clean to the Forum on the issue of general elections in Fiji.

Mr Remengesau said it’s clear that the Commodore has backed off from this promise to call elections by March next year.

The President says other pressing issues that the forum need to discuss are being pushed aside due to the amount of time the leaders spent on Fiji’s situation.


Not wanted voreqe – tuba! or better still – JUMP VOREQE JUMP!!!!



  1. Ablaze Says:

    Pacific heavy weights OZ and NZ should be doing something about this.

    Carry the lesson further, tighten the noose!

    Why is Tongan not sympathizing with Fiji and pull out as well?

  2. kaiveicoco Says:

    Voreqe should jump before he gets pushed like it has happened to Musharaf in Pakistan

  3. Ablaze Says:

    Who is this idiot calling the events of 2006 as a “noble ousting”

    Can someone tell us more about this egotistical bozo who calls himself Isireli Tawake of Nakasi!

    He and his Regime are the ones trying to play God with the help of their mighty guns!

    Aust, NZ and the whole of the Pacific please excuse for these are the type of people we have to put up with

    His letter in today’s F/Ts.

    Playing God

    ASSISTANT General Secretary Reverend Tukilakila Waqairatu (FT 16/8) stressed that the coup and the charter are both illegal and illegitimate and the Methodist Church will not support them.

    Perhaps the good reverend and the likes of him at the helm should refrain from using the name of the church in vain and give the members their rights to form their own political views.

    The instigators of the coup may have breached some provisions in the Constitution but its legality are before the courts.

    However, the good reverend perhaps should enlighten the public where in the Bible does it say that a noble ousting of a corrupted and racist government is sinful and illegal.

    The interim Government has done substantial and progressive changes to our nation. My little knowledge of the Bible tells me that only Satan and the likes of him hate such remarkable changes.

    Perhaps Rev Tuikilakila should make a reality check on the increasing number of members of the Methodist Church who have changed their method of thinking rather than be influenced by a few who are playing God at the helm.


  4. ex Fiji Tourist Says:

    SV, I am sure that I read somewhere that the report of 2 countries pulling out are not correct. I think it was the secretary of the forum who said this.

    Palau’s president is not going but they will send an official and Guams is not a member of the forum.

  5. Ablaze Says:

    ex Fiji Tourist I do not know whether this is of any help.

    Palau will not attend PIF in Niue
    Monday, 18 August 2008 00:00 By Bernadette H. Carreon – Horizon News Staff
    PALAU will not attend this year’s Pacific Island Forum in Niue due to the unresolved forum issue on the situation in Fji, according to President Remengesau.

    The president said that Fiji’s Interim Prime Minister Frank Bainarama has not made clear to the forum the conduct of the elections in Fiji.

    “He promised that he will conduct election, but he backed off from this promise. It is not clear to us how election should be held in Fiji,” Remengesau said.

    The forum urged the current Fiji government for a restoration of the civilian rule and uphold its Constitution.

    Bainarama told forum leaders in last year’s meeting in Tonga that a parliamentary election would be held in the first quarter of 2009.

    Remengesau said other pressing issues that the forum need to discussed are being pushed aside due to the amount of time the leaders put it to Fiji’s situation.

    The president said Bainarama continues to sit in the forum continuing to make promises.

    He said that the forum can move forward to other issues instead of entertaining Bainarama’s “promises.”

    The Forum’s member states are: Australia, the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Since 2006, associate members territories are New Caledonia and French Polynesia.

    The forum meeting in Niue will begin on August 19.

  6. Tim Says:

    Well I’m not one for the death penalty, but if ever there was a case for it – there goes Frank, though he’d have grounds on the basis of diminished responsibility. Those that don’t however, would be Gates, Samy, Shamimees and Bubba.
    While a few executions might make people think twice in future of conducting coups and manipulating the dimwitted, their families suffer a bit of a loss. But then again we’re talking about twenty or so families losing a bit of dross as opposed to an entire nation told to struggle because of a few over infalted egos.
    There are a couple of cases where conceivably I could even act as executioner.

  7. Tim Says:

    I’ll leave the labour movement to teat Chodo apart when they come to their senses

  8. Fijilassie Says:

    Legal challenge to test the validity of the draft charter

    The planned tour by the National Council for Building a Better Fiji to all the villages and islands to explain to the people what is in the draft People’s Charter reminds me of the tour that was undertaken by the Citizen’s Constitutional Forum after the 2000 coup to distribute the CCF’s booklet on the 1997 Constitution “Your Constitution, Your Rights”.

    The distribution of the CCF’s booklet, in their hundreds, was personally directed by its director of programmes Jone Dakuvula, who resigned from the CCF after the 2006 coup to join the NCBBF secretariat in the preparation of the People’s Charter. He was followed by the executive chairman of the CCF, the Reverend Akuila Yabaki, as a member of the NCBBF, who wants us to read the People’s Charter with an open mind before passing our judgments. An NCBBF member, Adi Finau Tabakaucoro, said their focus was to visit every household, with the Eastern team visiting Lau and the Kadavu group, the two provinces which have expressed support of the charter.

    The Fiji Sun has claimed that over $1million of State funds are being spent on the publication of over 500,000 copies of the draft Charter, which are being printed by the government printer. The head of the NCBBF team, John Samy, has denied the claims, saying only 250,000 were being printed in English, Fijian and Hindi.

    Meanwhile, the Reverend Yabaki told the nation of the NCBBF’s planned course of action: “The documents will be disseminated to different parts of the country, in people’s hands. And after that the teams will be dispersed to meet with the people and organise numerous meetings in villages and town centres to explain the charter and a consultation will take place.” He said they would distribute leaflets for people to sign their agreement.

    The Reverend said objections would also be taken into account to some extent. The public consultation process is expected to end by October 10, on Fiji’s Independence Day, and the report handed to President Ratu Josefa Iloilo.

    Cynics and critics will claim that the NCBBF is relying on the CCF’s template in the distribution of the draft charter. Interestingly, Mr Dakuvula had presented a detailed history of the CCF’s distribution of its booklet “Your Constitution, Your Right” in his affidavit of June 2001 in the case of CCF and the President of Fiji in the High Court at Suva. He was responding to the affidavits of the post-2000 coup caretaker Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase, Ratu Meli Bainimarama, the permanent secretary for the Ministry of Fijian Affairs, Asesela Sadole, the acting secretary of the Bose Levu Vakaturaga, and the general secretary of the Methodist Church, the Reverend Laisiasa Ratabacaca.

    Mr Dakuvula, in his affidavit, was challenging the statements in the affidavits of the above mentioned persons on the subject of alleged Fijian opposition to the 1997 Constitution. He informed the court that as director of programmes for the CCF, he was personally responsible for co-ordinating its public education initiatives about the 1997 Constitution from September 2000 to the time of his affidavit.

    He said that in the last nine months, the CCF team of volunteers, sometimes led by himself, and in other cases led by the other members of the staff of CCF or individuals contracted to lead these teams, had visited cities, towns, villages, and settlements in Viti Levu, Vanua Levu and Koro Islands in Lomaiviti and distributed the CCF’s booklet on the Constitution, and the government education publications on the 1997 Constitution published by the Prime Ministers Office Public Awareness and Education Committee.

    These booklets and pamphlets were in English, Fijian and Hindi, and he attached them as evidence to the High Court affidavit. According to Mr Dakuvula, from August 2000 to May 2001, the CCF education team had distributed these publications in approximately 500 villages, settlements, to all ethnic communities, cities, hospitals, wards, offices, factories, hotels, streets, wharves in the following provinces: Tailevu, Rewa, Naitasiri, Serua/Namosi, Nadroga, Ba, Ra, Lomaiviti, Cakaudrove, Macuata, and Bua.

    Within this period, he said, the following numbers of booklets and pamphlets had been distributed: “Your Constitution, Your Rights”: English version, 7,000 copies; Fijian version, 20,000 copies, and Hindi version, 10,000 copies. “Undestanding Your Constitution” (Government Publications): 10,000 copies. “Provision for Indigenous Peoples” (Government Publication): English version, 15,000 copies; Hindi version, 7,000 copies; (a) Fijian version, 6,000 copies (Kila Deivaki Na Nomu Lawatu); (b) Fijian version, 5000 copies (Kila Na Nomu Yavu Ni Vakavulewa). “Know Your Rights” pamphlet on Understanding the Human Rights Commission, 6,000 English only copies; and Tape-Recorded Messages (Fijian), 800 tapes.

    In these visits to the countryside, Mr Dakuvula said, the CCF teams had numerous opportunities to discuss, especially with indigenous Fijians, the contents of the booklets that they distributed, particularly the provisions on protecting indigenous interests.

    “Whenever these teams returned, they reported to me their experiences of what they heard and the responses to what they said. These were noted,” he said, and attached to his affidavit, brief reports of these visits.

    Mr Dakuvula had also attached copies of three articles that he had published in the Fiji SUN relating aspects of his personal experiences and impressions of his team visits to villages, schools and settlements in Cakaudrove and Macuata provinces in April 2001. His personal experience, he said, was confirmed by all the CCF education teams in their reports to CCF that the ordinary people of all races that the team met were “ignorant of the 1997 Constitution”.

    Hardly anyone, he said, had read it or even seen a copy of it, and in the case of the ordinary indigenous Fijians that he and his education teams discussed the matter with, no one knew of the specific provisions in the 1997 Constitution on indigenous rights and interests and how these were protected.

    He said in his affidavit that the CCF education team had also explained to the Fijians in the villages the reasons why the CCF had taken the President Ratu Josefa Iloilo to court and these reasons were clearly understood. “Our teams explained to the Fijian villagers that we were all bound by the Constitution, including the President and the Bose Levu Vakaturaga, and this case was purely an issue of determining the law and should not be regarded as a challenge to the traditional position of the President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo as Tui Vuda, or an insult to him and the Bose Levu Vakaturaga,” he deposed in his affidavit.

    He said this explanation was understood and sympathetically received by the ordinary Fijians in the villages. “I was directly involved in these explanations to meetings in Fijian villages in Cakaudrove and Macuata for one week in April this year (2001) and they told us they understood the CCF position.

    On 23rd March, 2001 the CCF sought a declaration from the High Court that: the President acted in a manner inconsistent with the Constitution in not summoning Parliament; the dismissal of Prime Minister Chaudhry was also inconsistent with the Constitution and therefore null and void; the dissolution of Parliament by the President was also inconsistent with the Constitution and therefore null and void; Qarase’s Interim Cabinet appointed on 15th March was unconstitutional and therefore null and void.

    Mr Dakuvula, while refuting claims in Ratu Meli’s affidavit, noted: “The CCF education team were warmly welcomed in the Fijian villages and the people thanked the CCF profusely for providing them with information about the Constitution. Many said now that they had true information about the Constitution in their own languages, they would be able to ask informed questions of candidates for the general elections, and their provincial council members, about the Constitution. Many said they were not going to be fooled and misled any more about the 1997 Constitution.”

    He said the CCF constitution education teams had spoken to over 9,000 indigenous Fijians in groups, or individually, about the Constitution and other issues related to the 2000 coup. One wonders, retrospectively, whether those provinces now objecting to the draft charter are basing their objections because they are acutely aware that the NCBBF has been formed outside the 1997 Constitution, and the President has no mandate to sanction the charter, because his own role in the 2006 coup is presently a subject of legal dispute in the case of Lainea Qarase versus Voreqe Bainimarama in the High Court?

    The NCBBF’s draft charter is a ghostly re-incarnation of the late Professor Asesela Ravuvu’s Constitutional Review Commission, albeit for different reasons, and it should be meted out the same fate, with or without the support of the FLP, which was in the forefront of ringing the death knell of the CRR.

    We may recall that Professor Ravuvu was the architect of the racist 1990 Constitution after the 1987 coups.

    In 1988, he and I had bitterly clashed across the table at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office seminar on post-coup Fiji in London. Among the participants was Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, who had been deposed as army commander by Sitiveni Rabuka’s coup but had later accepted to go to London as Fiji’s post-coup high commissioner.

    Many of Professor Ravuvu’s views which he was trying to formulate at the London conference later found their way into his 1991 book, Fiji: The Façade of Democracy, and in 2000, he re-surfaced to chair the CRC after the Speight coup. A similar pattern is discernable in the deliberations and papers of the NCBBF members, who want to do “A Ravuvu” after the 2006 coup – to force their vision of Fiji through the draft Peoples Charter.

    In case, the “People of Fiji” have let down their guard, they should demand of Mr Samy to tell them how much is the New Zealander Pat Craddock being paid for his services to promote the Charter. Mr Craddock is a former senior audio producer with the USP and later journalism lecturer.

    Interestingly, in 2000 Mr Craddock had taken a swipe at Professor Ravuvu’s appointment to head the CRC, pointing out the late professor’s views in the book The Façade of Democracy. He went on to note in the Pacific Media Watch (20 June 2000): “When and if the former Prime Minister (Mahendra Chaudhry) and the other 30 hostages emerge pale-faced but safe from the cells of Parliament, it will only be a short time before they talk loud and often to a waiting world media. I am not sure that guns and threats can silence these and other voices. It looks like being a long, dark and also a noisy night for Fiji.”

    Indeed! As I have written elsewhere, the present rulers of Fiji and their apologists are nothing but mere “tenants” of Fiji’s future; they have no right to use and abuse their powers in the name of the people. In the path of the usurpers stand the 1997 Constitution and the judiciary.

    In September 2000, the FLP denounced the composition of the Ravuvu commission charged with “reviewing” the 1997 Constitution. The FLP, its president Jokapeci Koroi and party leader Mahendra Chaudhry had filed proceedings in the High Court at Lautoka to injunct Professor Ravuvu, Joe Singh, and Charles Walker and the CRC from proceeding with the commission’s work on the grounds of illegality.

    The present acting Chief Justice Anthony Gates injuncted the CRC on 15 June 2001 from holding any further sittings or meetings of the commission or from taking submissions or drawing any further allowances, until further order of the High Court.

    I strongly recommend that a legal challenge should be mounted to test the legal validity of the draft People’s Charter for Change, Peace and Progress. Read “Your Constitution, Your Right” for guidance and inspiration.

    l The views expressed are those of Victor Lal and not that of the Fiji Sun.

  9. Tim Says:

    *tear. teat or more correctly teet is what they’ve been sucking on for the past two or three years.
    When will they realise this man is not anywhere near the left. They ALL are tending so far right towards facism, or slightly left of that where they’re prepared to sell Fiji’s family silver to prop up their little fiasco that is like a Reagan Thatcher tea party.
    Wake up Chodo and 2 million dollars for a start!.
    Wake up Shamimees and human rights for second.
    As others have noted (often from personal experience, including people near to me), quit a few have skeletons in their various closets yet their egos still strive for fame and fortune. Bubba the homo, Bubba Frank the homo, Barr, Gates, one or two others. It isn’t their preference that’s the problem, it’s their complete and utter dishonesty

  10. Peace Pipe Says:

    The pacific leaders thought the pig was just a bit wayward and with a little persuation and reasoning the leaders would tow him back in line. But this was not to be as the pig is more dumb than they thought and they were just trying to bring sense into a brick head. He has shown his true colors and wasting everyones time with his bullshit. This is the kind of person who do not deserve to lead any country at all. Even the leader of the smallest nation has more brains and quality. We really do not deserve this piece of crap. These pacific leaders are fed up now – we were fed up since 5/12/06.

    And the nerd has the nerve to reiterate his garbage about electoral reforms first and no elections in March. But the supervisor of elections said something good. She said that the elections will held according to how the people want it. She said her office is independent and no one can dictate to her on what to do. We will see what happens in the next few days.

  11. Say True! Says:

    Rudd condemns Bainimarama’s Niue no-show
    August 19, 2008 – 2:00PM
    Source: ABC

    Treated with contempt: Kevin Rudd
    Photo: Getty Images
    Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has lashed out at the Fijian military leader, Frank Bainimarama, for refusing to attend the Pacific Island Forum in Niue.

    Commodore Bainimarama originally said said he would go to the meeting, where Fijii’s decision to delay its elections is one of the main agenda items.

    But he has since announced he is boycotting the meeting and hopes of democracy being restored in Fiji have been put on hold.

    Speaking from New Zealand, where he has been holding talks with Prime Minister Helen Clark, Mr Rudd says the Commodore is showing contempt for other Pacific leaders.

    “We in the South Pacific and Pacific Island countries in particular take democracy seriously,” he said.

    “That is why we don’t believe that we can sit idly by while the principles of democracy are shredded.

    “Therefore the resolve of Pacific Island countries is that we act in concert on this question and we look forward very much to the discussion which will now occur minus Fiji in Niue on how this matter should be handled into the future.

    Mr Rudd predicts other leaders will be very angry at Commodore Bainimarama’s actions.

    “Bainimarama’s contempt for regional leaders such as the grand chief of Papua New Guinea, Sir Michael Somare, on this question have to be taken into account and I think its going to turn into a very interesting discussion in Niue in terms of this decision not to attend,” he said.

    New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark says there is no excuse for Fiji not to attend the forum and other leaders will be very disappointed.

    “I personally intervened to ensure that transit visas were available for the Fiji delegation to go through Auckland airport to Niue so that they could be accountable to forum leaders for commitments given last year,” she said.

    “No doubt the forum will be in touch with the interim Government of Fiji afterwards to convey the views of the forum.”

    Niue Premier, Toke Talagi, is disappointed but says he would like dialogue to continue with Fiji’s interim government.

    “Well I suppose it is understandable in the current situation they have in Suva. It may mean that we will be able to concentrate on some of a bit more the regional issues that we’ve been talking about.”

    Commodore Bainimarama, who seized power in a bloodless coup in 2006 says his country will not let others dictate its future.

    He has accused Australia and New Zealand of victimising Fiji and blames his boycott on New Zealand’s refusal to give him a visa to attend talks afterwards in Auckland, as well as important political issues at home.

    Mr Rudd will be flying into Niue tonight where climate change will be the main theme of the summit.

  12. Peace Pipe Says:

    WTF is the pig demanding to go to Auckland for. He was told in no uncertain terms everything would be held in Niue including the post Forum meeting. Why does he badly wants to go to Auckland for. Does he want to go on the run there or oh yes he has family there whom he has not met for a long time now and this was the opportunity. Or in simple conclusion he is making excuses so that he can side step the meeting where he will be grilled and face up with his words of dishonour.

  13. Striker Says:

    Isireli Tawake must be another of the crooks who have illegally gained from this illegal, illegitimate regime. SV please check if this is one of the guys who were paid exorbitant leave pay as a reward for executing the coup. Dermented and looney the whole bang lot – and a bunch of cowards as shown by their leader the pig for hiding from Forum leaders unable to stick to his committments.

  14. far and wide Says:

    see the last 2 or 3 paragraphs.

    the pig is a vegan??? not.

    By MARTIN KAY in Niue – The Dominion Post | Wednesday, 20 August 2008
    Miss Niue rare on ‘the rock’

    With fewer than 1500 people, Niue is short on celebrities, but as an invasion of regional leaders and media descended on the island, Vanessa Limatoa Marsh became an instant star.

    Making her first official appearance since she was crowned as Miss Niue a few months ago, the 23-year-old fisheries officer is something of a rarity in a tiny country which is struggling to survive.

    Born and bred on the island, dubbed “the rock” by locals”, she embodies hopes for the future as Niue wrestles with a population officially put at 1600 but which most who live there think is closer to 1100.

    Intelligent and articulate, that she has chosen to stay is almost a miracle as most of her peers leave for New Zealand – where all Niueans have citizenship – or elsewhere in search of work or further education, a fact she readily acknowledges.

    “It’s extremely hard. The younger generation now are pretty much the lifeline of Niue and we are in need of trying to keep them here.”

    She says the 39th Pacific Islands Forum, which begins in Niue today, is a chance to showcase the island and its culture.

    More importantly, it is an opportunity for Prime Minister Helen Clark to see first hand how Niue has used the $20 million aid package New Zealand gave in 2004 to help the island recover from Cyclone Heta and to meet the new challenges of the 21st century.

    That aid was in recognition of the fact Niue was – and still is – struggling badly, in common with most countries in the region.

    Miss Clark arrived last night, and was holding one-on-one meetings with several leaders ahead of the official opening this afternoon.

    The leaders retreat, where most of the work is done, begins tomorrow.

    The forum hopes to begin cementing in place solutions to major issues, including exorbitant fuel prices, which inflate food and energy as well as travel costs. Plans for a bulk-buy fuel scheme are expected to be advanced tomorrow. Climate change and protecting and developing fisheries are also high on the agenda.

    But first, the 16 leaders will be diverted by Fiji coup leader Frank Bainimarama’s reneged promise to hold elections by March.

    Commodore Bainimarama has pulled out of the summit, bizarrely claiming he was excluded from post-forum talks in Auckland (there aren’t any), but that will not stop leaders acting on a report by foreign ministers who visited Suva last month. It found that the only impediment to elections by March was the Commodore’s lack of will.

    Though the report is not yet public, it is expected to recommend a tougher line against Fiji – and the mood to go along with that may be stronger now Commodore Bainimarama has thumbed his nose at the forum.

    Though his no show is a serious matter, it caused some mirth last night as cabin crew on the plane he was supposed to have caught asked a “Mr Bainimarama” to identify himself so he could be given his specially-ordered meal.

    It seems the Commodore is a vegetarian – though he may simply have been loath to try the New Zealand lamb or have a dodgy stomach. The other option was Mexican chicken.

  15. Striker Says:

    Far & Wide: Tried chicken-out yet? Seems to be a more popular dish than Mexican chicken.

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