|Fiji’s ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase has written to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon condemning Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama before he addresses the 63rd UN General Assembly tomorrow. Qarase confirms he stressed in his letter sent yesterday that Commodore Bainimarama hopes to win backing for the draft People’s Charter during discussions with some heads of State while in New York.“Many of our citizens are concerned that Commodore Bainimarama will make the General Assembly a forum for the kind of propaganda and disinformation that is the hallmark of his regime,” Qarase said. “Commodore Bainimarama is relying on the Charter to delay a return to parliamentary governance.
“He has consistently threatened that elections will not be held until the people of Fiji approve the Charter. “He has also declared that the military will enforce it if necessary, without specifying exactly how this will be done.” Qarase added that the People’s Charter, which the army says will be its exit strategy after overthrowing Qarase’s regime in December 2006, has several proposals that can only be approved through Parliament, in line with the Constitution.
He said Commodore Bainimarama has indicated that elections will not be held until a new voting system is in place. “The main purpose of this communication is to emphasis to the general assembly that the Fiji interim Government is an illegal regime, which seized power through force of arms.
“In the view of the SDL (Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua) party, it has no legal authority to establish a National Council for Building a Better Fiji (NCBBF), with a mission to virtually remake the country through the proposed Charter. “The sweeping changes that are envisaged are the job of a properly elected Parliament, not an interim administration which came to office through an act of treason.”
He said the inclusion of the Charter in Bainimarama’s address to the UN summit would be nothing more than a bid to gain some kind of validation and legitimacy for a proposal that is in breach of the principles and ideas of the UN.