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CMAG is Foreign Solution: Regime

Issue No: 66; 28 September 2000

CMAG is Foreign Solution: Regime

The interim regime has slammed the CMAG decision as a foreign solution for Fiji's problems.

In a press release responding to the statement by the Acting Leader of the Peoples Coalition, Dr. Tupeni Baba that the rejection of the regime's plans by the international community has been a major humiliation for the interim regime, the regime's Information Minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola stated:

"Dr Baba is so wrong to think that the statement by the Commonwealth Action Group is a humiliation, it is not. In fact, it has only strengthened government's resolve to move forward and not be intimidated by those who attempt to impose their foreign solutions to our unique indigenous problems."

Kubuabola further stated that the regime "realises the world's commitment to fundamental principles of good governance and justice highlighted by Dr Baba." But, added Kubuabola, Fiji "will remain committed to solving its own problems according to its own unique protocols."

The protocols which the regime advances as unique are by now known to all: armed overthrow of duly elected governments, endorsing terrorism, ruling by intimidation and threats, and state-sponsored racism.

The activities between 19 May and 13 July were terrorist based. But it has now also become clear that the interim regime has not only endorsed the "cause" and the plans of the terrorists, but it has also adopted the modus operandi of the terrorists. In doing so, it has become a terrorist state determined to create an apartheid Fiji.

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28 September.


Issue No: 67; 28 September 2000

Regime Continues To Contradict

Interim regime ministers had continued to take contradictory positions.

Yesterday the regime took out two press releases on recent developments. In one, Information Minister condemned CMAG's resolution as a foreign solution to Fiji's problems. Earlier, the regime had slammed the Australian, New Zealand and Canadian governments for calling for the reinstatement of the 1997 Constitution.

In the second press release, the regime's information ministry stated that the meeting between their Foreign Affairs minister, Kaliopate Tavola and the Australian Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer was "some sort of recognition to the Interim Government"

Tavola had briefed the interim cabinet on his discussion with his Australian counterpart. The statement shows how much the regime needs recognition by foreign nations.

Tavola told the interim cabinet that it was clear from the discussions held with Mr Downer that Australia

"would not remove their smart sanctions unless they were satisfied the Interim Government followed a path towards democratic elections, and that the new Constitution had a perception of inclusion of all the communities in Fiji."

Tavola said Fiji's textile, clothing and footwear industries needed assistance immediately.

"We need Australia's support for the industry to survive but it does not seem to be coming as quickly as we need it," Tavola said.

Thus, while one minister is trying hard to get Australia and other countries to support Fiji, another goes around abusing Australia and other nations.

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