New Zealand moves to restore Fiji link
- Rowan Callick, Asia-Pacific editor
- From: The Australian
- December 29, 2009 12:00AM
NEW Zealand Prime Minister John Key has indicated to Fiji military ruler and Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama he would like to start the relationship over again next year in a more positive way.
This marks the first apparent shift from the regional solidarity in which Mr Key and his Australian counterpart Kevin Rudd have tackled the aftermath of the 2006 Fiji coup in tandem.
Mr Key revealed that discussions were under way between the New Zealand Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, and his Fiji counterpart, Ratu Inoke Kubuobola, about the return of a New Zealand high commissioner to Suva, following the round of tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions involving Fiji, New Zealand and Australia last month.
He said that “having a high commission in operation in Suva is important”, with 20,000 visas issued to Fiji every year.
Mr Key and the Prime Minister had previously expressed little interest in negotiating with Mr Bainimarama until he agreed to conduct elections – or at least to bring them forward from the planned poll in September 2014.
The New Zealand and Fiji leaders have so far conducted their conversation via an Auckland radio station, whose audience primarily comprises Fiji Indians: Radio Tarana.
Mr Key told the station: “I’m actually in the process of sending him a letter – for trying to engage in more dialogue . . . We are not anti-Frank Bainimarama. We want to see democracy restored in Fiji. And we are prepared to do whatever it takes – as financial resources and human resources allow.”
Mr Bainimarama responded via Radio Tarana that Mr Key’s new overtures were “a very good change for us, for Fiji. We would like to continue dialogue with New Zealand and Australia.”
Well good on you oink, about time you came around to accept that it’s not all about you, because at the end of the day, whenever Fiji is faced with a natural disaster it is New Zealand and Australia who are the first to offer a helping hand and it’s the wonderful Kiwis and Aussies who invest and holiday in Fiji. Comprende?
Time to swallow that bitter pill oink and admit that you and your irrelevant coupsters just cannot make a go of running a government.
It’s never too late to accept defeat and hand over government to the one’s you took it away from so they can continue from where they were rudely disrupted or have that election that whenever the time draws near, the goalpost is shifted, to noones advantage, least of all yours oink.
Since oink and the coupsters have become the laughing stock of the political world and the fact has been made known to oink he seems to have realised his folly at being used so deftly to kickstart the progress of his puppetmasters to the White House where they will surely strike out at him without a never you mind.
Did oink ever realise that he and meris eagerness to meet the Pope has resulted in the old fool Mataca being ostracised by the Vatican. Well one cannot fall lower than that in the katolika world, so that any self respecting katolika from Fiji will be screened minutely before being allowed anywhere near Pope Benedict, or any other Pope for that matter.
Let’s hope bloggers that oink has seen the light.