2 Oct 2007

Fiji opinion split over interim prime minister's UN speech

3:16 pm on 2 October 2007

Opinion is sharply divided in Fiji on the interim prime minister Commodore Bainimarama's recent speech at the United Nations General Assembly explaining the current position of the country.

The two mainstream Hindu religious organisations in Fiji have both hailed Commodore Bainimarama's statements.

The president of the Sanatan Dharam Pratinidhi Sabha, Dean Chand, says it is very important for people of all ethnic groups to unite and support the interim prime minister to bring back peace and harmony.

The head of the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha, Kamlesh Arya, says Commodore Bainimarama was very genuine in his statement and his organisation looks forward to the interim prime minister's vision coming to fruition.

The director of the Fiji Human Rights Commission, Dr Shaista Shameem, says the interim prime minister's speech encompasses the real situation Fiji has gone through and what it is currently facing.

But the NGO, the Pacific Centre for Public Integrity, says the international community would never accept the rape of democracy in Fiji on December the 5th.

Its director Angie Heffernan, who lobbied against Commodore Bainimarama in New York last week, says in her discussions with senior foreign government officials it was clear that there is zero tolerance for military regimes that forcefully remove elected governments.