Regime spokesman Major Leweni is being totally dishonest when he attempts to justify the allocation of an additional $15 million to the RFMF in the 2009 Budget by claiming it’s needed to train troops for UN peacekeeping duties.
This is because Fiji is very much on the nose at the United Nations, which has announced it has no plans to tap Fiji’s military for any new peacekeeping missions until our country returns to democracy.
As a spokesman for the UN was recorded as saying earlier this year: “There has been no increase in Fijian troops or police numbers since December 2006, nor has Fiji contributed to any new missions since then.”
The UN’S decision to bar Fiji from peacekeeping missions following the 5 December 2006 coup was first enunciated by the former Un Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, shortly after our dictator assumed power.
While Annan’s successor, Ban Ki-moon, has not spoken publicly about Fiji’s black listing, it’s highly unlikely that he would ever choose to reverse it.
This is because he is well aware that major players such as the European Community, the United States and Australia would vigorously oppose such a move; and they carry a great deal more weight with the UN Secretary General than a tinpot little dictator like Bainimarama.
So, talk by Leweni and others of future UN peacekeeping missions will be nothing more than misleading speculation for as long as Fiji remains under the control of the dictator and his goons.
And if the dictator thinks he’s sending anyone a message by spending Christmas with Fiji’s troops on UN missions, he most certainly is. However, it’s a negative message as far as the democratic-minded UN is concerned.
For the record, Fiji’s current contribution to UN missions remains relatively small and has not been allowed to increase when regular rotations of personnel occur.
Altogether/ Fiji’s UN peacekeeping and monitoring deployments total only 223 soldiers with UNAMI and 37 police officers and eight military observers with UNMIL, UNMIS and UNMIT.
If Leweni was honest and had any brains he would have been better advised to explain that the extra allocation is in reality a desperate measure to make up for the shortfall in revenue flowing to the RFMF from the United Nations.
And if Bainimarama doesn’t hand power back to the people in the very near future, the United Nations money will be in real danger of drying up altogether.
And that would mean an end to any prospects of overseas missions for members of the RFMF, yet another example of the dictator and his regime moving Fiji backwards.
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