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New Zealand rewards military dictatorship for unsanctioned Constitution

September 13, 2013

NZ’s lolly dispenser: Murray McCully. pic The Jackal

Sweetners from New Zealand today to the illegal government of Frank Bainimarama, a week after the regime officially scrapped the 1997 Constitution it abrogated, replacing it with one it drew up itself.

New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Murray McCully, announced today Cabinet had revoked the sport sanctions it had imposed in 2006 and also reinstated 10 post graduate scholarships.

Individual bans on regime members and the military remain in place, but from today’s developments it appears restrictions around family members of less senior figures had been relaxed for some time but not made public.

Fiji: Held at ransom since 2006. pic Truth for Fiji

McCully made the announcement saying Cabinet had approved the easing of sanctions “which recognise both the progress that has been made in Fiji and the need for support for free and fair elections”.

He said New Zealand would “continue down this path as further progress is made toward free and fair elections.”

Another get out of jail for free card for Bainimarama. pic Discombobulated Bubu

 

 

Source – Coupfourpointfive; Posted by Rusi Varani for SWM

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  1. Rusi Varani permalink
    September 13, 2013 1:37 PM

    I view the above claim with great trepidation. If it is indeed true, it will leave a lot of unanswered questions about New Zealand’s position with regards to the illegal regime in Fiji. New Zealand and Australia have been 2 of the most prominent critics of the Fijian illegal regime, so we were led to believe. Most of us who shared that view against the illegal regime are baffled and completely taken by surprise by the sudden turn of events.
    It appears that NZ, in particular, hoodwinked the majority of Fiji’s citizens and the world at large by its critical condemnation and continuous uttering of derogatory insinuation of the illegal regime only now to be seen as waking up from the same bed as the beast.

    They were the ones who ‘unsuccessfully’ tried to broker a deal between Qarase and Bainimarama and had the chance of becoming instant heroes when rumors had it that they were going to ‘arrest’ Bainimarama in 2006. The recent events about the illegal SIS raids on Fiji citizens in NZ and now the partial revocation of sanctions against the illegal regime because the NZ Cabinet had “recognise both the progress that has been made in Fiji and the need for support for free and fair elections” when the constitution itself has its many flaws and has not been widely accepted in Fiji, has compounded my suspicions that NZ may have a case to answer for what happened in Fiji in 2006 to this day. Only time will tell.

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