Conscious of the overriding need to foster, accelerate and encourage the economic and social development of their States in order to improve the living standards of their peoples;
Convinced that the promotion of harmonious economic development of their States calls for effective economic cooperation largely through a determined and concerted policy of greater self-reliance;
Determined to foster closer economic and other relationships among their States and to contribute to the progress and development of their three countries as well as the South Pacific Islands region; and Bearing in mind the principles of international law governing relations between nations, such as principles as sovereignty, equality and independence of all States and non-interference in the domestic affairs of States." unquote.
I would also like to know what Michael Somare’s stance is on the sudden back flips of the group, as he was on record as saying the rest of the world “don’t understand the Pacific way.” Has he also realized the Melanesian way is a threat to our democratic values?
I would also like to know if the MSG is contemplating a push for Bainimarama to legalize his government, so Fiji’s inclusion is not a hindrance to their democratic belief. Because that's what we are now led to believe after Natapei’s comments, that “the MSG has a more critical role in assisting Fiji.”
There’s a lot of questions but as we know, when a person is shunned by his friends there is a bitter taste in his mouth and an unmistakable embarrassment that could lead one to either isolate himself or on the other hand, do something drastic that can have negative, critical or even tragic consequences.
In Fiji’s case, it should not come as a surprise that Bainimarama will do both. He is sure to isolate Fiji from everyone and the tragic consequences will be felt by the people and the economy.