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    This time I agree with Tariana Turia

    Post  canterella on Mon May 04, 2009 9:33 am

    Bainimarama deserves hearing, Turia says

    Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia wants to send a delegation to Fiji to meet military Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, saying she believes he has good intentions in proposing electoral reform and deserves a hearing.

    She has also criticised the Government's lack of tolerance towards Fiji compared with other undemocratic countries it has trading relationships with - a clear reference to China.

    Mrs Turia said on TV One's Q&A yesterday that her party had discussed sending Maori leaders to Fiji, which was suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum on Friday after failing to commit to holding elections this year.

    She later told the Herald: "We have felt that there may be a better way forward. I know from people in Fiji who have spoken to me in the last year that [Commodore Bainimarama's] intention was good. So we've got ourselves all locked up in this notion of democracy but we don't expect it of other trading partners."

    She had not raised the issue with Prime Minister John Key and said the participation of her co-leader Pita Sharples, the Maori Affairs Minister, in any delegation would depend on Mr Key's approval.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10570166

    oh the hypocrisy of the government who will happily deal with Tonga and China but will shun Fiji completely. In the end the ordinary Fijians are the ones who will suffer, and believe me, when you try to survive and feed your family you don't think of revolution and overthrowing the government.
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    Re: This time I agree with Tariana Turia

    Post  Lynz on Mon May 04, 2009 10:08 am

    Ms Turia, and other individuals, are free to do as they choose. But she and Pita Sharples are Cabinet Ministers with responsibilities in the New Zealand Government. They are not free to posit their views as representing the Government.

    They can go as private individuals and meet who they like. If they think giving comfort to a military dictator who usurped the Democratically elected Government of Fiji is a good idea.

    Quite frankly, I believe any such action is abhorrent. And if she thinks any such visit would not be used by this clown to legitimise his actions she is in cloud cuckoo land.
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    Re: This time I agree with Tariana Turia

    Post  canterella on Mon May 04, 2009 10:39 am

    Lynz wrote:Ms Turia, and other individuals, are free to do as they choose. But she and Pita Sharples are Cabinet Ministers with responsibilities in the New Zealand Government. They are not free to posit their views as representing the Government.

    They can go as private individuals and meet who they like. If they think giving comfort to a military dictator who usurped the Democratically elected Government of Fiji is a good idea.

    Quite frankly, I believe any such action is abhorrent. And if she thinks any such visit would not be used by this clown to legitimise his actions she is in cloud cuckoo land.

    What's the difference from for instance, trading with China or Tonga? Hardly shining examples of democracy, and I believe China had a fair number of political opponents who were killed by the regime. No such deaths so far in Fiji.
    But I agree that Turia's delegation shouldn't go as a representative of NZ's cowardly and hypocritical government.

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