PER lift reflects progress: Kubuabola tells Rudd
January 13, 2012 12:00:00 AM
Fiji has been able to remove the Public Emergency Regulations (PER) because of the progress being made internally says Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.

This he said while responding to comments made by Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd for Fiji to bring some real changes.

Kubuabola said the lifting of the PER and bringing forward of consultations to February 2012 is not out of a desire to have Australian sanctions eased.

He said the lifting of PER have been done based on Fiji’s internal assessments and needs.

“The Australian policy of isolating Fiji had failed, and the Australian claim to be speaking for all Pacific Island Forum countries on Fiji rings hollow with many more Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) recognising and supporting Fiji’s Roadmap,” he said.

“Minister Rudd’s “wait and see” policy and ever changing demands seem to reflect his inability to formulate a meaningful policy on Fiji, and are not seen as useful either in Fiji or elsewhere in the global community.”

He said Fiji looks forward to the day Australia seeks engagement without threat or condition.

By Nasik swami