Wednesday, June 20, 2007

What a Wanker

Interim Fijian Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, has declared the New Zealand High Commissioner, Michael Green, persona non grata, claiming he has been interfering in the country's domestic affairs.

Meanwhile Green said he had no regrets about his actions in Fiji, but still does not know why he was kicked out. Helen Clark will have us believe that it is due to the seating arrangements at the rugby match between the Junior All Blacks and Fiji.

On his return to New Zealand Green made the following undiplomatic comments. “Having the opportunity to serve as New Zealand's representative in Fiji has been an honour but not always have a pleasure. We hope there will be opportunities to meet again in happier times, ideally when Fiji's economy is prospering and the Government is chosen by people… freely chosen by Fiji citizens".

Clark is obviously on a mission to get rid of Bainimarama and get disposed Fijian Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase back into power. That she has been meddling in Fijian internal politics can be in no doubt.

Clark had this to say about Green. "He is one of NZ's most senior diplomats. He has represented faithfully the decisions of the New Zealand Government. I suspect that is the reasons why he is being sent home."

"His job has been extremely difficult and unpleasant for quite some time. If you're the High Commissioner carrying a strong message, your life is not easy".

Clark said officials had tried for "several days" to pull Fiji back from the brink but that had failed, leading to "a giant step backwards" in restoring democracy to the troubled island state.

Clark's friend, Qarase, has also condemned the decision to expel New Zealand High Commissioner. Mr Qarase did not know why Mr Green was being targeted but had said that he had heard that Mr Green had been talking to members of the ousted government.

Not content with interfering in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation, Helen Clark has said that she believed New Zealanders were at risk in Fiji and the Government travel advisory, at present urging caution, was under review. She is calling on New Zealanders to use their political and moral judgment when planning overseas holidays.

This is on top of the travel bans, halting seasonal employment schemes, immigration quotas and bilateral sports contacts already in place.

Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, has repeated that his government would welcome a replacement for the expelled Michael Green.


KG said...

Doesn't anybody in the NZ media detect the irony in that ugly totalitarian cow getting all sanctimonious about democracy in Fiji?

MK said...

Good one KG.