30 Jul 2013

Fiji's UFDF blasts Bainimarama's comments against Australia

4:24 pm on 30 July 2013

Fiji's bloc of four political parties says prime minister Frank Bainimarama's comments about Australia's refugee policy with Papua New Guinea are self-serving.

Commodore Bainimarama has been critical of Australia's recent deal with PNG to take all asylum seekers heading to Australia on boats, and Fiji's foreign minister Ratu Inoke Kubabola blasted the policy yesterday in a speech delivered in Brisbane.

But the United Front for a Democratic Fiji says the matter is between PNG and Australia and all the regime has done is undermine PNG and the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

A statement from the United Front says the prime minister is using the asylum seekers controversy to further his own vendetta against Australia.

It says Commodore Bainimarama has no right or mandate to speak for other Melanesian countries, or the people of Fiji, and called him the worst example of national leadership in the Pacific region.