Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Who is Behind the Threats?

2 death threats later, it seems Canberra is starting to play hard ball with the Fijain Adminsitration.

The Australians have said that  Fiji was not doing enough to protect Australians and suggesting that Australian diplomats will pack up and leave.
This brought a rebuke form the Foreign Minister Ratu Epeli Nailatikau who said there was no justification behind such a reaction.

One of the bones of contention is the refusal by Fiji authorities to allow Australian Police to investigate the death threats against the High Commissioner. Fiji police say they are investigating and have all the necessary resources to get to the bottom of the matter.

Mr Nailatikau said also said Fiji's military had nothing to do with the threats and raised the possibility that someone trying to discredit the military was behind the threats.
The call by the Foreign Minister, Mr Stephen Smith for Australians wishing to leave to do so, only increased the pressure on the Fijian administration such an exodus by Australians will have a major psychological blow on the Fijian people.
The move will mean that applications for visas etc will be significantly delayed and will cause sever disruption to the hundreds of Fijians who travel to Aust every year.

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