The Commonwealth has been firm in its position as it had had put the military man & his regime in the sin bin post 2006 coup. Canadians echoed their support as well for the Pacific Island forum in their stand. United Nations has to a degree but we thought it took too much of a soft approach.
All in all the efforts have been well noted by those of us monitoring Fiji saga without getting too overly caught up with who is wanting 'air-time' on blogosphere by these power hungry military regime in Fiji.
We do thank these key nations who have heard the Voices of Fiji people in Fiji and abroad that all has not been well for the Nation as can be seen with its poor economic, political, social and cultural performance since the military took over in 2006. Perhaps this is the big break we have been waiting for.
God Bless Fiji.
Luvei Viti Think Tank Team.
Original story by AFP below;
US ready to engage Fiji
WASHINGTON — The United States said Wednesday it was ready for dialogue with Fiji's military ruler Voreqe Bainimarama but that it would only ease sanctions in return for progress on democracy.
Kurt Campbell, the assistant secretary of state for East Asia, said that the United States wanted the Pacific island again to be a close US partner as it was before Bainimarama's 2006 coup.
"We now hope, in close coordination with regional players, to seek more direct engagement with Prime Minister Bainimarama to encourage his government to take steps to restore democracy and freedom," Campbell said.
Testifying before Congress, Campbell said such engagement would offer Fiji a chance for international acceptance "while reinforcing the message that any easing of US sanctions is tied to the restoral of democratic processes."
"Our objective is to put Fiji back on track for reintegration into international institutions and for holding free and fair elections no later than 2014," Campbell said.
Bainimarama recently suggested the 2014 election date after expelling Australia's ambassador. The military leader had faced wide criticism after calling off elections he promised for 2009.
US law imposes sanctions on any nation where the military ousts an elected government, including restrictions on assistance, military sales and visas for coup leaders.
But Campbell said that the United States maintained limited assistance, including in disaster preparedness and on inter-ethnic dialogue, and found that the engagement was "yielding positive results."
President Barack Obama's administration has made engagement a hallmark of its foreign policy. The United States has pursued a similar line in Myanmar, also known as Burma, where Campbell has initiated dialogue but called for greater process on democracy.