Bainimarama thanks allies for support

WHILE Fiji was returning to parliamentary democracy, instead of helping, some countries imposed sanctions, Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama told the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York yesterday.

Mr Bainimarama told world leaders the countries imposed sanctions to degrade the quality of governance because of Fiji’s refusal to accept their prescriptive and highhanded approach.

“As we begin this new era in our national life, I want to thank those in this great community of nations who stood by us in recent years as we made the reforms that were necessary to create a better Fiji,” the PM said.

“But the majority of you recognised our right to determine our own future and came to understand that we were working not for the benefit of governing elite but for the common good.

“To those of you who gave us your support – our friends – I extend the grateful thanks of the Fijian people.

“I also want to especially thank those countries which made up the Multinational Observer Group declared our general election credible, free and fair,” he said.

The Multinational Observer Group comprised co-leaders from Australia, India and Indonesia plus Canada, the EU, Israel, Japan, the members of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK and the US.