At the invitation of the Interim Government, Sir Paul visited Fiji to explore opportunities for continued Commonwealth engagement with Fiji. The objective of his visit was to support the early restoration of constitutional democracy in the country, in line with Commonwealth principles.

Speaking on the eve of his departure, Sir Paul said his discussions with the Interim Prime Minister, members of Cabinet and others had been cordial, frank and informative.

While I do not wish to pre-empt my report to the Secretary-General, I can say that I depart Fiji with a clear understanding of the Interim Governments plans for Fiji following the abrogation of the Constitution in April. I welcome the importance Fiji attaches to its relationship with the Commonwealth, and the willingness of the Interim Prime Minister and his government to remain in discussions with me.

I reiterated to Commodore Bainimarama and his Ministers that the Commonwealth stands ready to support an inclusive and time-bound national political dialogue, to facilitate the return of constitutional democracy. I also emphasised the importance Commonwealth members place on the fundamental principles that underpin our organisation, including representative government, respect for human rights and the rule of law.

The Interim Prime Minister conveyed to Sir Paul his governments intention to implement the Strategic Framework for Change announced by him on 1 July 2009, which entails elections being held in 2014. I reminded Commodore Bainimarama that such an extended timeframe for the restoration of democracy was not one the Commonwealth could support, Sir Paul said. In particular, I expressed my view that it is vital to re-start broad-based dialogue on electoral and constitutional issues as soon as possible, rather than delay this important work until 2012.

Sir Paul said he was disappointed that he had been unable to meet with leaders of other political parties during this visit to Suva. In deference to the Interim Government of Fiji as my host, I complied with its specific request not to meet with other political leaders. I remain convinced, however, that an inclusive national dialogue which recognises and respects the voices of all major political players is the only way Fiji can find its way back to a sustainable democracy. The Commonwealth will continue to listen to the viewpoints of all sectors of Fijis community and political life, in its efforts to assist Fiji resolve the current situation and find long-term solutions to its significant challenges.

Sir Paul will provide a report to the Secretary-General on his discussions and findings, which will inform the Secretary-Generals briefing of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG), and his consideration of the Commonwealths ongoing engagement with Fiji.

During the visit Sir Paul met with Interim Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, other members of the Interim Cabinet, government officials, and selected representatives from the private sector, civil society and the diplomatic corps. Sir Paul was accompanied by two senior officials from the Commonwealth Secretariat.



  1. ex Fiji tourist Says:

    I have enclosed a copy of Sir Paul’s report to the C’wth.

    I quote:-” bananasinpyjamas and his motley moronic military couldn’t organize a grog up in a brewery. They are trying to hold onto power for as long as possible to stay out of jail.”

  2. Annon. Says:

    Illegal squatter – failed Tui Caucau Ganilau no doubt afraid he’ll be evicted from Vuniduva – which he eventually will be.

  3. Jean d'Ark Says:

    Had to toe Bai’s agenda, but obviously was not fooled by the the stage-managed recital of “advocates” for reform.

    What really would be the value of those opinions anyway, when there is simply no way to tell if they are being offered under duress or not?

    If people like Dixon Seeto are under the duress of a crippling downturn in tourism, and they are not allowed to say anything else about it anyway, then what else are they going to plead with the Commonwealth? They just want to get out of the current crisis ASAP.

    But to accept the military’s way out of this one would be to give them carte blanche to do the same deceitfully cynical thing again ANY TIME in the future. So it is just like taking a hit of cocaine to relieve the craving for it. All you do though, is just strengthen your habit – so the real solution is just go “cold turkey” and kill it off for good once and for all!

    Frank’s coup to end all coups will only be so therefore if his post-coup reform order comes to naught. So just like the Commonwealth, none of us is gonna play ball either – no matter how many mannequins and glove puppets he produces to mouth the worn out regime line.

  4. far and wide Says:

    take baini down!
    the coup to end all coups!
    the fool.
    sa dina!

  5. Tui Says:

    What Bainimarama do not understand is that he is dealing with professional people in a world stage now. Nothing like the I am the Big Kahuna at Delainabua. In this talks we see how Sir Paul stuck to his guns of dialogue soonest and how Bai’s stalling tactics creates a void that is so unbecoming of a leader.
    The meeting between Bai and Sir Paul is what Bai wanted in the first place for in it he thought he could uphand the Commonwealth and after the meeting Sir Paul being the Pro that he is told Bai exactly what Bai did not want to hear. I hope Bai sees that everyone has seen his naievity and that he better come into the fold or he will be lost in space and will not be able to come out of it.Bai is trying to hold on to power to avoid the prison term that awaits him after this mess that he created is cleared up. Bai must know that the mess will be cleared up and he will go to Prison where he belongs.

  6. balluk Says:

    I would assumed that the Chiefs are letting this difficulty run its course to the very end.Someone will definately have to pay for this with their life or that of their lineage for transgression against the Vanua? I for one believes that Fijian are special people,installed in this side of the planet by the almighty, as the sole guardians of this beautiful paradise. I am sure that this difficulties will come to a conclusion real soon and isn’t it very surprising, that up to now, there is no evidence of any kind of killings, normally associated with this kind of political problems elsewhere?

  7. Raukuve Says:

    This should not come as I surprise. Frank is doing exactly as predicted. He realises that it is too late now. He has to finish what he started. He knows that if he relinquishes power, he is dead meat !!

  8. tualeita Says:

    That is absolutely right @Raukuve. The noose around his neck will also not give way now. It will get tighter as each day passes. His increasing fears will prompt to resort to more drastic measures.

    But keep tight! Better days without him and his cohorts are ahead.

  9. LUVfiji Says:

    Yes.. and the noose tightens as more of our qualified people depart the civil service even well before they reach the newly enforced retirement ages! The United Nations has gained much at Fiji’s expense and so has the AusAID-funded projects within the Pacific that have made the Solomon Is and Nauru a more lucrative alternatives to the ailing illegal regime.

    Give it up, Frankenstein!

  10. LUVfiji Says:

    sorry.. that shud have ready, “as more lucrative alternatives…”

  11. ex Fiji tourist Says:

    At last, Fijivillage has got a headline correct.

    “Govt cannot do anything-AG

    The government cannot do everything and everyone needs to play their part.

    [Illegal and incompetent] Attorney General and Tourism Minister hairyarse made these comments in the 2010 Budget Consultative Forum after the Suva City Council Administrator Vijendra Prakash questioned the government what it is doing or planning to do to promote tourism based on the increasing number of cruise liners visiting our shores.

  12. Roko 2. Says:

    Countless cane farmers looking down the barrel because these incompetents can’t even repair the Sigatoka bridge.

  13. Koroi Says:

    Bainimarama should have done what Mugabe did – be a man and expel themsleves from the Commonwealth.

    Qo sa vakaloloma o koya because he gets to be kicked out and shamed instead.

    Frankie fits into the psychological profile of schizophrenia being on the one side a bully but on the other side a little child crying out for acceptance.

  14. Anon. Says:

    @ Koroi.

    Also admits hearing voices – what some have maintained for a long time –
    St Giles…

  15. Michael Says:

    My, my how what difference does a couple of years make. Immediately after the 2006 coup Voreqe rolled out his impressive cast of supporters to legitimise his illegal actions.

    We were introduced to characters like FHRC’s Shaista, 2000 victims -Mahen & the whole FLP entourage, The Catholic church hierarchy in his eminent Arch Bishop Mataca & Father Barr were there to lend credibilty.

    But look at who is in with Voreqe after all those people have either fled or been booted out..the same old corrupt faces from the SVT era.Inoke Kubuabola was instrumental in the coup against Chaudary, Filipe Bole, James Ahkoy and so forth are all conmen who lack credibility. What we have here is a den of thieves

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