UN USG Pascoe’s briefing to the Security Council on Fiji – 20/04/09

 

The Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, B. Lynn Pascoe, briefed the Security Council this morning in consultations on the developments that have occurred in Fiji since April 9-10, including the  abrogation of the constitution, the dismissal of the judiciary, the imposition of state of emergency measures, and moves against both the judiciary and the press.

Under-Secretary Pascoe called these measures “brazen actions” that will further polarize Fijian society and increase the potential for instability and violence.  He recalled that the Secretary-General strongly deplored these measures and called for the restoration of a legitimate government and the constitutional order in Fiji.  He said that perpetuating illegitimate military rule in Fiji has only added to the country’s woes and exacerbated tensions and divisions.

In addition, USG Pascoe told the Council that as a result of the latest developments, preparations that had been previously underway for the United Nations and the Commonwealth to jointly mediate a process of political dialogue in Fiji faced suspension.  Our attempt to encourage an inclusive dialogue between all parties as a means of finding a peaceful solution to the crisis unfortunately cannot continue at this time unless there is a change in the current state of affairs,” he told Council members.

He concluded by reiterating the willingness of the United Nations to assist the return to the rule of law and full respect for human rights in Fiji.

God bless Fiji

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