Top of the morning bloggers. Well this article is taken from FT. SV wholeheartedly agrees with PCSC’s Tagicakibau and as we have stated in previous posts, the Military goons cannot go and Peacekeep abroad, when they brutalise their own citizens at home. Charity begins at home. SV urges the UN to seriously consider the links between the Military goons and its reputation to continue as its representative as Peacekeepers all over the world. Imagine Vore telling the UN the professionalism of his men and women? Those who stayed behind to listen must have been thinking, is he for real or what? On another related tanget, one Major Moti Jattan, former head of the Sukanaivalu Army Barracks and FICAC Office in Labasa is currently under Police investigation for alleged fraud whilst a Board Member of Rewa Rice. So much for transparency? How come Major Moti Jattan is being investigated whilst other soliders implicated in the murders of Sakiusa Rabaka, Nimilote Verebasaga remain at large? SV urges all coup apologists to rethink their professional stance because they have disgraced themselves, like Durutalo, Ratuva. You cannot suppress the truth and it is the truth that will set you free!
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
THE United Nations has been told to consider links between Fiji’s role in international peacekeeping and the coup cycle. The call comes just days after interim Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama appealed to the UN for a greater role for Fiji’s peacekeeping soldiers.
Commodore Bainimarama appealed to the UN to take into account what he described as the “proud track record in UN peacekeeping operations of professionalism, discipline, compassion and ability, training and ethics”.
However, Pacific Concerns Resource Centre spokeswoman Ema Tagicakibau said the knowledge gained by the troops helped them carry out coups at home. “It is time to seriously weigh the economic benefits from peace-keeping against the economic, political, social and legal costs of the four coups,” Ms Tagicakibau said.
“The credibility of the UN will be at stake if it turns a blind eye to the fact that these professional peacekeepers are the very ones breaking the peace at home. “After all, a military force that terrorises and violates the rights of its own people and intervenes in political and democratic governance, has no business cleaning up the affairs of other nations.”
Ms Tagicakibau said this could be seen as a downside of UN peace-keeping operations. “Commodore Bainimarama’s reference to Fiji’s “proud track record in UN peacekeeping operations – of professionalism, discipline, compassion and ability, training and ethics must first be displayed at home,” she said.
“The UN will be held accountable according to the Capstone Doctrine for peacekeeping operations, for the professional conduct of its peacekeepers, so the very real links between peacekeeping and the coup cycle in Fiji may well put the UN in a most embarrassing situation.
“Thirty years since the first peacekeepers left our shores, and four military coups later, with military personnel being the common factor in all coups, there needs to be some soul searching, by the military and our leaders.”