Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Parties unlikely to get meeting with Reeves
The dictatorship regime has indicated political parties will not be granted an opportunity to meet the Commonwealth's Special Envoy, Sir Paul Reeves, during his three-day visit to Fiji starting Wednesday.
Permanent Secretary for Information, Neumi Leweni, has told the media the regime's prime minister, Frank Banimarama, will have the final say on whether political partis will be allowed to meet Sir Paul (pictured right).
Leweni says so far the regime wants Sir Paul to meet Bainimarama, interim attorney general Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the interim Defence Minister Ratu Epeli Ganilau, the Electoral Commission and the Fiji Chamber of Commerce - a pro-regime advocate.
With a litte over a day to go before the start of Sir Paul's visit, denial of an opportunity to political parties will mean contravening one of the Commonwealth's resolution to allow unrestricted, free and fair political dialogue with no pre-determined outcomes.
Sir Paul is Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamlesh Sharma's Special Envoy. He was in Fiji more than a year ago but his role in facilitating political dialogue as rejected by the regime.
Sir Paul headed a three-member Commission whose report formed the basis o the 1997 Constitution abrogated by the regime on 10th April.