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“”In every way, leading up to the election, during it and after it freedom, fairness and accountability has to be demonstrated otherwise what’s the election going to be about otherwise it’s going to be a jack-up.

Fiji sanctions ease-up not yet justified: Peters

Updated 36 minutes ago

A former foreign minister of New Zealand, Winston Peters, says there is not enough evidence of free and fair elections in Fiji to justify New Zealand’s sanctions being eased.

The New Zealand government announced last year that sanctions, including travel bans would be eased, and last month allowed into New Zealand a former high ranking military official, Brigadier General Iowane Naivalurua, for talks with government departments on public sector reform.

Brigadier General Naivalurua is now Fiji’s Ambassador-at-large.

Mr Peters says dialogue is to be encouraged but the New Zealand government’s stance is premature.

“”In every way, leading up to the election, during it and after it freedom, fairness and accountability has to be demonstrated otherwise what’s the election going to be about otherwise it’s going to be a jack-up. We’ve got to know that it will not be and that all participants will be given a fair go to put their policies in front of the Fijian constituency.”

Winston Peters was one of the architects of New Zealand’s so-called smart sanctions against Fiji when he was Foreign Minister at the time of the 2006 coup.

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12 thoughts on ““”In every way, leading up to the election, during it and after it freedom, fairness and accountability has to be demonstrated otherwise what’s the election going to be about otherwise it’s going to be a jack-up.

  1. Mr Peters would know precisely the history of the events immediately before and after the coup by bai so he is right in saying that sanctions should not be lifted so soon. Here we have Naivalurua who was bai’s coup’s ring of perpetrators allowed into NZ. Might as well lifted it completely. Some people never learn after all the lies and broken promises the kiwis still believe in the regime’s shenanigans. Sanctions were not effective because they were not strong enough. No balls.

  2. It is shame on New Zealand government to allow Naivalurua into New Zealand.

    Mr Winston Peter’s keep the pressure on the illegal regime.

    People of Fiji have no freedom of speech.

    No free and fair election will be held under the regime.

  3. former NZ foreign minister winston peters should tell that to present foreign minister Murai Coolie who does not seem to know his arse from his elbow when it comes to the Fiji coup politics

  4. The Key regime in NZ are soul mates of Khaiyum and Co. Their only interest is their own wealth and how to syphon money off. There is no spine, no balls, no dignity, no values. And as long as a few bucks can be made in dealing with a unsavoury Khaiyum and his goons, the Kiwis will dance to the tune of the goons.

  5. With this kind of view, Mr Peters shows he is well versed with ground realities in Fiji and by publicly airing it, speaks well of him and his party. Here is a worthy Pacific leader!

  6. The Key government has all the right to decide what’s best for they Govt. What did Peter’s and the previous Govt achieved with their smart sanctions on fiji. Nothing.

    Peter’s can yell as loudly as possible but his days are gone.

  7. How much longer are the cowardly Fiji military going to allow khaiyum’s pet pig bhaini to rape them, their wives, their children and the nation of Fiji?? Are they really that farking useless?

  8. @ banta barchod singh
    The Key government has an international duty to do the right thing . This the Key government has failed to do with regards to the coup installed Bainimarama regime.
    now an idiot like you can suck up to the Key government as much as you like but it will not alter this fact of the failure of the Key government in so far as the Fijian dictatorship is concerned.

  9. don’t expect this government – the Bainimarama ILLEGAL government – to demonstrate fairness and accountability.
    It has not happened since its illegal takeover of power – nearly 8 years ago.
    And it will not happen in the future if they have the say
    And it looks pretty much like they will continue to have the say
    after their stage managed (politically manipulated) elections.
    and by planting their men in pivotal positions before the elections.

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