Sunday, July 1, 2007


Fiji's military coup leader Frank Bainimarama would need to show solid progress towards restoring democracy before Australia and the European Union would lift sanctions, Australian and EU ministers said last week.

European Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner discussed Fiji with Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer during talks in Canberralast week, with both saying it was too early to relax sanctions.

"The most important thing is to see whether the commitment will materialise," Ferrero-Waldner told reporters after talks with Downer.

The next time we hear the United Nations, EU or any other foreign nation or organisation talk about democratic institutions, parliamentary democracy, rule of law etc , respond with 2 words:

That's right, LF fully supports and endorses the rule of law and parliamentary democracy and democratic elections but it is fairly hypocritical for organisations such as the UN to preach to us when they are harbouring a fugitive, a deserter, a mutineer.

How about Australia start by requesting the UN to repatriate the deserter Filipo Tarakinikini and the EU start by using its influence to get this mutineer to return to Fiji and face the law.

The same law that Aust, EU and UN keep reminding us that we need to implement.