Tuesday, December 7, 2010

US Visa Denials Could Leave Pained Regime Twiddling Thumbs

Posted on Coup Four Point Five - Tuesday, December 7, 2010

TWIDDLING THUMBS: Kubuabola and Saumatua

The wings of the likes of the widely-travelled illegal foreign afffairs minister, Inoke Kubuabola (pictured left in this picture), may well have been clipped, if the US decision on visas continues.

The ubiquitous Kubuabola has a habit of popping up in many places and was one of the last from the regime to be in the US this year (remember that staged picture of him with Clinton?), along with Voreqe Bainimarama.

But it appears the US has taken a stand with the dictatorship and is refusing visas. Three have been denied in the past two weeks - to the illegal chief justice Anthony Gates, the illegal Fisheries PS, Viliame Naupoto, and the Minister for Local Government and Environment Colonel Samuela Saumatua (pictured above with Kubuabola).

The latter was supposed to leave for Mexico today to attend the 16th Conference on Climate Change.

The regime, especially Sayed-Khaiyum, is taking the rejections hard, describing the US embassy decisions as deplorable.

The US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, said when she visited New Zealand and Australia recently that America would join forces with the two countries to persuade Suva to return Fiji to democracy. Let's hope the visas is the start of that campaign.

Posted on Coup Four Point Five

Sayed-Khaiyum Spewing More Lies

The dictatorship's Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, is quite clearly suffering from Foot in the Mouth Disease, which is evident from his verbal defecation following the United States refusal to grant illegal Chief Justice Anthony Gates a visa.

Gates was to attend the 9th Session of theAssembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

1) Sayed-Khaiyum claims Fiji has made progress to ensure compliance with the Rome Statue through promulgation of the Crimes Decree, which now categorises genocide and crimes against humanity as criminal offences. It is a case of pot calling the kettle black. The regime continues to trample on fundamental freedoms and human rights in Fiji, protected by unlawful Decrees that are being legislated by Sayed-Khaiyum.

2) Sayed-Khaiyum says Fiji, as a responsible sovereign State, takes international obligations and responsibilities with utmost sincerity. His lie is as visible as his fake personality. What about the betrayal of commitments from the regime via  Sayed-Khaiyum, M P Chaudhry and Epeli Nailatikau, made in April 2007 to the European Union to hold elections in Fiji by March 2009? What about a similar commitment for elections to be held by first quarter of 2009, made by dictator Frank Bainimarama to the Pacific Islands Forum in October 2007? Can Sayed-Khaiyum say that as a sovereign State, the regime that he serves took these responsibilities and obligations with utmost sincerity?

3) Sayed Khaiyum is assuming the United States Embassy will give insufficient time for visa processing as the answer for the refusal! On what basis is he making this assumption?

4) In his attempt to dramatise the issue, Sayed Khaiyum has revealed that he along with the regime's permanent secretary for Fisheries, were also refused visas to travel to the United States this year. Why was Sayed-Khaiyum quiet all this time?

5) Sayed Khaiyum has labelled the US stand deplorable, undignified, demeaning, arbitrary, arrogant and contemptible. This is the harshest language ever used to criticise a member of the international community, and one who has been Fiji's ally.

Do Sayed-Khaiyum, Frank Bainimarama and the military regime therefore have the guts to walk their talk and inflict upon the United States, the treatment that they dished out to Australia and New Zealand for so-called  interference and visa related issues in conformity to their sanctions, by expelling their diplomats?

In June 2007, the regime expelled NZ High Commissioner Michael Green on the basis of interference, which the regime did not specify. In December 2008, the regime expelled acting NZ High Commissioner Caroline McDonald after the son of then permanent secretary to the President (Iloilo) Rupeni Nacewa was refused a student visa to study in New Zealand.

In November 2009, the regime expelled deputy NZ High Commissioner Todd Cleaver and Australian High Commissioner James Batley after accusing both countries of telling Sri Lankans recruited as magistrates and judges by the regime that they would be subjected to travel bans to New Zealand and Australia.

In July this year, the regime expelled Australia's acting High Commissioner Sarah Roberts after accusing her of interference and of influencing Vanuatu to refuse to hand over of the Melanesian Spearhead Group chairmanship to Frank Bainimarama.

The decision by the United States Embassy to refuse the regime's CJ Anthony Gates, Sayed-Khaiyum and permanent secretary for Fisheries travel visas to United States is far more serious on the regime's anti-Fiji behaviour measuring scale.

We will wait and see if the regime and Sayed-Khaiyum dish out similar treatment to US Ambassador Steven McGann and kick him out like five diplomats from Australia and New Zealand, or show the world that the strong condemnation of the US is just showmanship and verbal defecation.

Our final assessment is Sayed Khaiyum will eat his own vomit and come up with excuses to explain his harmless barrage of attack against the United States.

Pictures: Sarah Roberts (top) and Todd Cleaver (below).  

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