Bloggers, the Publisher of the Fiji Sun was taken in for question today because of this article. The Australian and NZ Governments have served notice on Vore and his goons. They must know that if they ‘invaded’ Fiji, the Fijians will accept them wholeheartedly and help them get rid of these bastards and point out those involved. What we at SV ask is for Australia and NZ to leave behind all their unworthy citizens who have been assisting the illegal junta to face the full brunt of the law in Fiji, when democracy is restored and serve time in Korovou or Naboro. This is because without them and their support, the illegal junta would have collapsed long time ago. Come on Aussie and Kiwi’s and liberate Fiji!!!!
23rd August 2008
The New Zealand and Australian military have contingency plans to evacuate citizens from Fiji – with or without the interim government’s permission. NZ Defence Minister Phil Goff yesterday met his Australian counterpart Joel Fitzgibbon in Wellington, with Fiji high on their formal meeting’s agenda.
Mr Goff told the New Zealand Press Agency afterwards that since the military coup in December 2006 Australia’s and New Zealand’s defence forces had a joint plan to evacuate people if the security situation deteriorated and nationals of both countries were in danger. “We don’t expect the situation to deteriorate,” said Mr Goff. “But we would be remiss in our duty not have a plan in place in the event the situation did deteriorate.”
The preferred option would be to get people out using commercial airlines, but the military would have to act if this was not possible. “If however the airport at Nadi was closed then we would have to consider whether a military evacuation by air or by sea was necessary,” said Mr Goff. “We would work with whatever government was in place in Fiji to try to get their concurrence.
“If that was not possible then in the last instance, the lives and the well-being of our citizens would be paramount, and we would do it with or without that concurrence.” Mr Goff said neither country believed that a military option would be a solution to the political problems in Fiji. Deputy permanent secretary for Information Neumi Leweni last night said the interim government would have to first see the statement before making a comment.
Pacific leaders this week warned Fiji it could be suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum if it did not meet its promise to hold elections by March next year. Interim prime minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama last year promised forum leaders he would hold elections by March 2009, but had gone back on his word, saying he first wants to change the country’s electoral system.
Forum leaders yesterday said the situation in Fiji would continue to be monitored and a ministerial contact group would prepare a new report on election preparations before the end of the year. When that report had been received there would be another forum summit meeting where measures, including suspension, would be considered, they said.
Cdre Bainimarama refused to attend the Niue meeting, claiming he had been denied the opportunity to hold post-summit talks in Auckland because of travel sanctions imposed by NZ. Prime Minister Helen Clark has rejected this.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd yesterday said that for the first time the forum had directly condemned Cdre Bainimarama’s actions. The forum was established in 1971 and no country has been suspended. Fiji has been a key member and the organisation is based in Suva.