Fiji Live News - December 07, 2010
Fiji’s Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is among those who were denied entry into the United States after their visa applications were rejected by its embassy in Fiji.
Sayed-Khaiyum was scheduled to attend the United Nations General Assembly with the Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama in October but rather had his application rejected by the embassy.
“It is noted that this deplorable and undignified stand has recently been taken by the US embassy in relation to applications for visa by the AG,” he said in a statement.
Also denied US visas were Chief Justice Anthony Gates and Permanent Secretary, Viliame Naupoto who were scheduled to attend meetings in New York and Hawaii.
However, Sayed-Khaiyum said there were other senior government officials who allowed visas which implied that the embassy is only targeting certain members of the government.
“It seems that they are targeting only certain members of government by not allowing them US visas.” He added.
The government has come out strongly against the US embassy’s inability to issue a visa to Justice Gates saying that it was gravely disappointed that Fiji will not be adequately represented at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in New York.
The ICC, which has already begun, will end on Wednesday.
Justice Gates was scheduled to make a presentation today but Fiji will now be represented by Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Peter Thompson and his deputy, Luke Daunivalu.