The regime has done a quick u-turn on a statement it released on Japan snubbing Frank Bainimarama.
In the statement sent out from Suva by the Ministry of Information, the location for the PALM forum was wrong and the tone rude and surly.
Both have been corrected in the second statement.
This after suggestions Japan could have bought itself a fight with Fiji for offending it over not inviting the illegal leader!
The regime obviously realises it needs all the friends it can get - or that it doesn't have the influence it thinks it does.
Please disregard this press release. We will send you an alternative version shortly.
RECALL! - MEDIA RELEASE: Sixth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting
Fiji will not be attending the Sixth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM6) this month in Okinawa.
Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama has declined Fiji’s invitation because it was not made to the highest level of government.
The invitation had been extended to Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.
In a letter to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Prime Minister Bainimarama wrote, “I wish to advise you that since PALM 6 is a meeting of Leaders, we shall defer our participation until such time you are ready to invite Fiji’s participation at the appropriate level.”
“We look forward to remain fully engaged with and receive the full support of all members of the international community on our way forward to democratic elections based on what is best for Fiji and its people,” Prime Minister Bainimarama wrote.
“Towards this end, we have engaged with the international community at an unprecedented level, and in turn my Government has received the full support by most members of the United Nations…”
The Prime Minister invited his Japanese counterpart to visit Fiji and see the progress for himself.
“Fiji and Japan have long enjoyed excellent friendship. For our part, we remain steadfast in our commitment to further enhance our ties.”
MEDIA RELEASE: Fiji won’t be going to PALM 6: PM Bainimarama
Fiji will not be attending the sixth Pacific Island leaders meeting (PALM) in Tokyo, Japan this year.
While thanking Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda for inviting Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola to the meeting, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said Fiji will not attend as it “is a meeting of leaders”. The Prime Minister was not invited.
Prime Minister Bainimarama said despite this Fiji is committed to promoting high levels ties between Fiji and Japan as Fiji and Japan have long enjoyed an excellent friendship.
He invited the Japanese Prime Minister to visit Fiji later this year to enhance these political and economic ties.
Prime Minister Bainimarama said Fiji has recently engaged with the international community at an unprecedented level.
He said the constitution consultation process towards the 2014 democratic election had started and the government remains focused on implementing the roadmap for democracy and sustainable socio-economic development.
He said the government has received the full support of most members of the United Nations for the roadmap.
“With the recent conclusion of the UN Needs Assessment Mission and the visit by the Forum Ministerial Contact Group, we expect to remain fully engaged with and receive the full support of all members of the international community on our way forward to democratic elections based on what is best for Fiji and its people,” the Prime Minister said.