World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Special Envoy Sees No Real Progress

USP Pacific Journalism Online: USP Pasifik Nius: USP Pasifik Nius stories on Scoop (NZ): Have your say:


By Joe Yaya, USP journalism student with the Daily Post

SUVA: Special Commonwealth envoy to Fiji Justice Pius Langa says the speedy return of democracy in the country is the only acceptable action the Commonwealth will accept.

Justice Langa said that the bottom line was "there should be a legitimate government as soon as possible".

On his fourth day of meetings in Suva, Justice Langa said the parties he had met so far agreed that the speedy return to democracy was paramount.

But he added that he had seen no evidence that there was a will from the military appointed interim administration to bring this about.

"In my discussions with them, I see there is a reluctance to find a way forward," he said.

"There is a huge problem here, having had previous coups (1987) and an attempted coup (2000), and solutions for this must be found," he said.

Justice Langa said that though the parties agreed there was a great problem, they had different perceptions regarding the solutions.

"This is what we need to centre on," he said.

Justice Langa said there was a great anxiety in the Commonwealth for Fiji's return of membership but it depended on the recognition of a democratic government.

"Once this is in place, then the prohibitions are going to be lifted," he said.

Justice Langa said that the courts should be transparent and effective in their handling of the rebels' case.

"It is desirable that there should be effective investigations and prosecutions, and the courts should deal with matters that come before them impartially, without fear or favour," he said.

The envoy will meet with members of the deposed People's Coalition government today and will return to South Africa tomorrow.


This document is for educational and research use only. Recipients should seek permission from the copyright source before reprinting. PASIFIK NIUS service is provided by the niusedita via the Journalism Program, University of the South Pacific. Please acknowledge Pasifik Nius:

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Gordon Campbell: Is This Guy The World’s Most Dangerous Thirtysomething?

Saudi Arabia has long been regarded as a pillar of stability in the Middle East, and is the essential caterer to the West’s fossil fuel needs. It is also the country that gave us Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda, and 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks... More>>


Non-Binding Postal Vote: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

Binoy Kampmark: Out of 150 federal seats, 133 registered affirmative totals in returning their response to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. More>>


Bonn Climate Change Conference: Protecting Health In Small Island States

The vision is that, by 2030, all Small Island Developing States will have health systems that are resilient to climate change and countries around the world will be reducing their carbon emissions both to protect the most vulnerable from climate risks and deliver large health benefits in carbon-emitting countries. More>>


Camp Shut Down: Refugees Must Be Rescued From Manus

On 31st October 2017, the detention centre on Manus Island in which the Australian Government has been holding more than 700 refugees was closed, leaving those living there in a desperate situation. More>>



Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC