STICKING BOOT INTO BAINIMARAMA and QILIHO on 2 NOVEMBER 2023 As the RFMF was holding 23rd anniversary of Bloody Mutiny and loss of life, the illegal acting DPP Rabuku filed appeal against the two's acquittal
FLYING FIJIAN TO FINGERING SEX SUSPECT. API RATUNIYARAWA is accused of 'penetrating two women with his finger and touching breast and body of a third woman' on wild west drink binge, Welsh court told
The Barbarians team was seen out drinking in Cardiff city on several nights, including one in which they dressed up in a Wild West theme. Pictured: Ratuniyarawa (centre top) and Barbarians teammates including Selestino Ravutaumada (second from left) and Simione Kuruvoli (far right).
*Api Ratuniyarawa, from Orchard, Kislingbury, Northampton, was charged with sexual assault by peneration and by touching. He denies the offences.
From The Daily Mail, London, 4 November 2023
A top international rugby star allegedly sexually assaulted three separate women as he partied with his team before a match he was supposed to play in today (Saturday).
Fijian Api Ratuniyarawa, 37, had been due to play for the Barbarians against Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff today.
Yet the 6ft 5ins London Irish lock forward, who weighs 19st 5lbs, was dropped from the squad and instead appeared in court after he allegedly assaulted three women in separate incidents at the Revolution bar in Cardiff.
Ratuniyarawa had been out with other Barbarian players when he was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday morning and kept in custody.
Ratuniyarawa, from Orchard, Kislingbury, Northampton, was charged with sexual assault by penetration and by touching.
He denies the offences.
Second-row forward Ratuniyarawa, who has played for Fiji 38 times, was named as a replacement for the Barbarians team, which is largely made up of players from the Southern Hemisphere.
Prosecutor Michael Evans said: 'Ratuniyarawa is accused of penetrating two of the women with his finger and touching the breast and body of a third woman.
'The women were not known to each other or to Ratuniyarawa before the night in question.'
Ratuniyarawa, who spoke only to confirm his name and address, was remanded on 'stringent' bail conditions and put on an electronic curfew between 7pm and 7am.
Magistrate Peter Hamley banned the player from re-entering Wales until he appears at Cardiff Crown Court on December 4.
He is not allowed to enter any licensed premises selling alcohol, such as bars, clubs and restaurants and told not to contact any witnesses in the case.
A Barbarians spokesman said: 'As soon as we were contacted by South Wales Police we cooperated fully, assisting them with their inquiries.
'On their advice we can't comment any further as the investigation is ongoing.'
It is considered a great honour to be picked for the Barbarians, a British-based invitation side dating back to 1890.
The Barbarians team selected to play against Wales arrived in Cardiff at the start of the week and was seen out drinking in the city on several nights.
They also had a Wild West fancy-dress team meal at a French restaurant.
The team is being captained by Welsh rugby legend Alun Wyn Jones who is retiring after becoming the world's most capped player with 170 appearances for Wales and the British Lions.
Players will be paid £15,000 for appearing in the game.
Ratuniyarawa was due to play for Fiji in the recent Rugby World Cup in France but pulled out of the squad in July for family reasons.
A South Wales Police spokeswoman said: 'Api Ratuniyarawa, 37, from West Northamptonshire is due to appear before Cardiff magistrates charged with sexual assault by penetration and sexual assault by touching.'
*Eddie Jones’s return to rugby coaching after quitting the Australia job has been overshadowed by sexual assault charges made against one of his Barbarians squad. Fijian Api Ratuniyarawa appeared in court in Cardiff hours before the Jones-coached invitation squad were defeated by Wales at the Principality Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
*The revelations about the charges cast a cloud over the match which was staged to celebrate 50 years of Barbarians rugby since they defeated New Zealand in a celebrated 1973 fixture at Cardiff Arms Park. A post-match press conference with Barbarians’ coach Jones and captain Alun Wyn Jones was not held.
*Jones, who quit as Australia’s coach last week, then flew to Wales to oversee a Barbarians squad, featuring 10 of his former Wallabies, including eight who played during their World Cup debacle. The game ended in a 49-26 win for Wales.
BATON CHARGE AT THEIR BUTTOCKS: Christian fanatics who forced Tikoduadua to refuse a march permit to USP students and Shamima Ali over GAZA should have been bottom whacked for disrupting any MARCH
*Over 100,000 people (all races, including Jews) have taken to the streets of London and other cities in the UK (and around the world) every weekend to call for a ceasefire in Gaza and to 'Free Palestine'.
*In fact, these marches have been on-going for several decades, and in no way means the protestors are supporting the Hamas atrocities that took place on 7 October against Israeli citizens.
*In the case of Israeli casualties, mainly among citizens, questions are raging whether thousands of Israelis who served their compulsory military service and returned to civilian life, should be considered civilians. Recently, over 100,000 gave up their civilian lifestyles around the world and returned to Israel and are waiting to invade Gaza.
*Since when the i-Taukei Christians have the monopoly on who should or should not be granted permit to march. In this case, against those calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.
*Fiji was threatened that if Shamima Ali and others took to the street, rival i-Taukei Christians would confront them, and plunge Fiji into a religious civil war.
*We say the Police (and military) should have been deployed to WHACK THE BUTTOCKS of these Christian fanatics if they had tried to disrupt any peaceful march calling for a 'Free Palestine'.
*Sorry, its the fanatical Christians and bogus i-Taukei nationalists who have always ended up causing bloodshed and mayhem in Fiji - after taking to the streets in 1987, 2000.
*It is time this religious Christian TERROR lot are put in their place.
Ms Ali said Mr Tikoduadua’s decision to deny the students a permit was totally unacceptable and disgraceful.
On Tuesday, Minister Tikoduadua announced that this could lead to multiple marches, each with its own set of challenges, potentially escalating tensions within communities.
Mr Tikoduadua said his primary concern remained the safety and well-being of the Fijian community.
“While I understand and respect your right to voice your concerns and stand in solidarity, it is important that we remain united as a nation while also acknowledging the suffering faced by those in Israel and Palestine,” Mr Tikoduadua said.
“First, let me say that your voices, your concerns, and your passions are all valid and acknowledged,” he said.
“It’s essential for us to recognise the pain and suffering of all individuals involved in any conflict, including the ongoing strife in Israel and Palestine.”
In her response, Ms Ali said the students were not marching for HAMAS, and the minister should stop misleading the people.
“This is a violation of people’s rights to freedom of expression, assembly, and participation in global movements. Globally, folks are marching, including Israelis and Jews, for a ceasefire, humanitarian response and peace talks,” she said.
“The question also is: shouldn’t the Police be investigating violence-inciting posts and hate speech rather than stopping people from calling publicly for a ceasefire?”
She added that the Government must put an end to the fundamentalist rhetoric and fear mongering. “Let us remind ourselves that Fiji is a secular state and has had a long history of religious freedom despite attempts to derail this sometimes,” she said.
First, let me say that your voices, your concerns, and your passions are all valid and acknowledged. Shamima Ali Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre Coordinator
Fijileaks Founding Editor-in-Chief: As the second-in-command who was tasked (along with the late Rewa high chief Ratu Mosese Tuisawau) to deliver over 20 tons of arms into Fiji to 'blow the racist Rabuka and his 'Hamas' i-Taukei Movement fanatics' buttocks' in 1988, we will respond in detail to former Major-General PITA DRITI's Facebook posting below. Despite Driti's claim, we didn't belong to any 'Islamic Group'.
*We will also reveal what role a prominent lawyer played in the parallel bombings of Suva in 1987, and expose NFP Indo-Fijian TRAITORS who were part of our movement but who later betrayed and joined Sitiveni Rabuka. Chaprasi Biman Prasad was hiding under the bed at USP, and another current Indo-Fijian Cabinet Minister was busy buying properties cheaply from Indo-Fijians fleeing Fiji, and is today a MILLIONAIRE.
To the Nation’s Youth and USP Student Groups who are Planning a Pro-Palestinian Protest march in Suva, I would like to take this chance to humbly ask you to refrain from carrying out your protest march scheduled for 4th Nov 23. This is because of the following reasons:
1. Think of the safety and lives of our minority Muslim Community should a backlash by Pro-Israeli Christians and Hindus (who make up approx. 9O%+ of the population), happen. The violent reactions from anti protest members, can be overwhelming and tragic, given that it is a sensitive period, at hand.
2. You should think twice about carrying out a protest that is religiously sensitive in this part of the region, because it is tantamount to violent outcomes turning Fiji into a sea of turmoil of ethnic violence.
The point is, you the protesters are too young to know how far Fiji had gotten so close or to a brink of civil war back then, because there was a planned armed insurrection by those dissidents. Do you want it to happen out of carrying out senseless protests which borders on grave religious indifferences? The irony is most of the youth protests including the bombing incidents in 1987 involved USP students. History seems to be on the verge of repeating itself.
4. Trying to carry out a Po-Palestinian protest march in a predominantly Christian nation like Fiji is not a sensible thing to do - at all. Moreover, the Hindu population as well is also significant, as it makes up 30% (+) of Fiji’s population.
5. You must also know our international standing in that, if we allow such a protest to occur, then we would be perceived to be supporting HAMAS in their killing of unarmed civilians and slaughtering babies before resorting to using their own people as human shields when Israel retaliated.
6. If a protest is to be done, then let it be against the WAR that is taking place there, and the killing of innocent lives on both sides. A “STOP THE WAR IN GAZA” theme would be more suitable for the protest, especially in this sensitive period where religious tension is almost felt like a knife cutting the air. However even that STOP THE WAR IN GAZA theme would still be regarded as sensitive with a high risk of civil disturbance.
7. Let us maintain our peaceful co-existence and our cultural and religious cohesiveness.
8. Please let sleeping dogs lie or rather, put it this way: do not temper with a hornet’s nest.
God bless FIJI. Share this with your friends.
Dr Moshmi Bhin, who is a lecturer at USP, says she commented on Pita Driti’s post on Facebook which was inflammatory and basically incited people to take action on the march. Bhin says she received a lot of threats from that comment but it did not deter her from continuing to push for the ceasefire in Gaza.
FREE PALESTINE MARCHES: In a predominantly Christian country whose missionaries from London introduced Christianity into Fiji and hence linked the i-Taukei to the Holy Land in Palestine, people are free to march, with POLICE keeping a distance but present to ensure the rights of the protestors
2 November 2023: As RFMF remembers the bloodbath at the barracks on 2 November 2000, the man accused of being behind MUTINY was away in the West. Sitiveni Rabuka was conspicuously absent at RFMF ceremony
'PARMESH CHAND Carrying His Master's Crutches on West Tour'
BRIGADIER-GENERAL MANOA GADAI ON 2 NOVEMBER 2020:
"It was unfortunate that the CRW soldiers were under the close watch of the Army Land Force and the then Honorary Colonel of CRW, Rabuka. Rabuka said then, that he supported the course and not the means. If he doesn't support the means, then why the hell he came with full Military Uniform to QEB during the mutiny...?"
2 November 2020: Gadai welcomes Bainimarama at the RFMF ceremony
FANATICAL CHRISTIANS for ISRAEL: Is the ICEJ (Fiji Chapter) dictating Fiji's foreign policy on the conflict in Gaza, led by Ro Teimumu KEPA who had landed at Nadi airport in a dress dotted with the 'STAR OF DAVID'
*When the Roman legions destroyed Judaea (Judea, Judah) and Jerusalem in A.D. 70, Josephus says that more than 1,100,000 Jews perished and nearly 100,000 were taken captive. Yet, while the Jews suffered starvation, slaughter, and capture, their fellow Christians in Jerusalem escaped.
*Fast forward, as Hamas launched its attack on Israel on 7 October, Ro Teimumu Kepa and other fanatical supporters of ISRAEL, fled on a chartered Fiji Airways flight. She landed in Nadi with 'The Star of David' dotted all over her dress.
*What role, if any, Ro Kepa and the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (Fiji chapter) played in persuading Rabuka to vote in favour of the continued indiscriminate bombing of Palestinians in Gaza, and putting the lives of hundreds of Fijian peacekeepers at grave risk?
Fundamentalist Christian? What role, if any, Rabuka's side-kick Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, LENORA QEREQERETABUA, play in the vote to continue the killing of Palestinian women and children by Israel?
*When, during the election we threw our weight around Qereqeretabua to replace Biman Prasad as NFP leader, many of our close friends, and even foes, chided us:
'Do you know that she is a chest-beating fundamentalist Christian?'.
*As we have pointed out over the years, if you have fought three elections under the 2013 Constitution (and now governing Fiji), JUST SHUT UP and accept RFMF's constitutional role to safeguard Fijians of all races and the country's national interest'.
*As long as the Constitution is in place, there is nothing stopping the RFMF from overthrowing this wretched and racist Coalition government, led by a fundamentalist Christian fanatic who has not changed since his 1987 Coups.
*Since he was acquitted over the mutiny at the barracks, we never saw him take any active role in confronting the Bainimarama-Khaiyum dictatorship. For, at heart, he is a DICTATOR, cut from the same sulu.
*Anyway, we understand there are high-ranking RFMF officers prepared to replace Ro Jone Kalouniwai if he continues to suck up to Rabuka.
CRY THE BELOVED COUNTRY.
*PIO TIKODUADUA is highly compromised, and can longer be trusted to act for the well-being of the RFMF soldiers. In another country, he would have RESIGNED from the Coalition Rabuka government.
*We disagree with our good friend Steven Ratuva. The Fiji Times has wheeled Ratuva out to stop the RFMF from exercising its powers under the 2013 Constitution, and removing this out-of-control Coalition government, led by Sitiveni Rabuka.
The Haman of the Bible and the Book of Esther: Sitiveni Rabuka
*In Sitiveni Rabuka's case, he couldn't accept becoming Leader of Opposition (facing the Peoples' Coalition in 1999) so he RESIGNED from Parliament before the swearing-in, and sadly under the First Past the Post System in the 1999 Rabuka-Reddy Constitution, his SVT party was denied an additional seat in Parliament.
*Ratu Inoke Kubuabola (later jumping into bed with FFP) then stepped in as Opposition Leader. George Speight replaced Rabuka of 1987, with his own coup and the holding of hostages for 56 days in Parliament
The RFMF must hold its line Minister PIO TIKODUADUA to account. Did he collude with Sitiveni Rabuka and the Coalition Cabinet to keep Jone Kalouniwai in dark on Fiji's UN Voting Intention? Answers, Tikoduadua
*Did PIO TIKODUADUA, the Minister for Home Affairs and Immigration, collude with Sitiveni Rabuka and the Coalition government in keeping RFMF Commander Kalouniwai and the RFMF top brass in the dark on Fiji's voting intention at the United Nations General Assembly on Gaza?
*We are chided and told we shouldn't give 'a rat's ass' on Fiji voting for the indiscriminate bombardment and killing of innocent Palestinians by Israel following the Hamas attack on 7 October.
*According to ROBIN NAIR, the former Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, he was tasked to approach Qatar and convince the Kingdom to help free the captured soldiers but Qatar was not interested during the first round of talks.
*Nair approached Iran who told him to return to Qatar and that Qatar was the only country that could help because the Qataris were the main financiers of Al Nusra insurgents.
*Iran offered to help Fiji by using its influence with Qatar, to ask it to entertain Fiji's overtures with compassion. Nair did most of the running around in the region. He also approached Saudi Arabia.
*In the end, Al Nusra released the captured UN Fijian peacekeepers but Nair has declined to reveal how many millions changed hands (if any) to get the captured soldiers released. Al Nusra had threatened to put the 45 Fijian soldiers captured in Golan Heights for trial under Sharia Law.
In a statement, Major General Kalouniwai says it is disheartening to see a decision taken without due consideration for the potential impact on the safety and well-being of our brave men and women in uniform.
The Commander says the RFMF acknowledges the government's prerogative to make decisions regarding international affairs; however, they firmly believe that consultation with relevant stakeholders, including the RFMF, is essential when determining positions on critical matters such as the UN resolution on Gaza.
Major General Kalouniwai says the decision to disapprove the resolution without prior consultation has raised concerns about the potential risk and danger faced by our troops in the region.
He says the RFMF has a proud history of contributing to international peacekeeping efforts, including deployments to the Middle East.
The Commander says our troops have consistently displayed professionalism, dedication, and a commitment to upholding the values of peace and security.
Major General Kalouniwai says the RFMF urges the government to recognize the importance of inclusive decision-making processes, particularly when matters have significant implications for our military personnel.
He says consultation with the RFMF and other relevant stakeholders is crucial to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the potential risks and to develop a well-informed position that aligns with our commitment to peacekeeping efforts and the protection of our troops.
He further calls upon the Government of Fiji to reevaluate its decision regarding the UN resolution on Gaza and consider the potential consequences for our troops deployed in the Middle East.
Major General Kalouniwai says their safety and security should remain a top priority, and it is crucial that their contributions to international peacekeeping efforts are fully supported and respected.
The RFMF Commander remains committed to working constructively with the government to address this issue and to ensure that the interests and well-being of our troops are safeguarded.
He says they believe in the power of open dialogue, collaboration, and informed decision-making to achieve the best outcomes for Fiji and its military forces. Source: Fijivillage News
SAFE TRIP: Only this week Kalouniwai and the family were farewelling one of their own to SINAI at the Commander's residence
POO-POOING (Making light of) the complaint that he breached Electoral Act by promising and building toilets for villagers. But Elections Office smells stench of possible breach. Charan Jeath Singh file sent to FICAC
SUGAR, SUGAR, HONEY, HONEY FOR CANE FARMERS AND JOB FOR WHISKEY GULPING BUDDY LIVING IN NEW ZEALAND AS CHAIR, FSC.
Where is the Ministry of Multi-Ethnic (VULAGI) Affairs, Mr Singh?
Another former FSC mate promised Fiji's High Commissioner to India
KAMAL IYER. A NFP POLITICAL CLOWN who at last count got 100 Votes in 2018 election. What about Coupist Sitiveni Rabuka and his 'Hamas' fanatics who launched Operation Kidacala (Surprise) to depose Bavadra
In 2000, as he exited the political scene, NFP leader JAI RAM REDDY claimed that Fiji was NOT ready for an Indo-Fijian Prime Minister. In other words, NFP would be happy to see the back of Mahendra Chaudhry as Prime Minister and his Peoples' Coalition government.
*As the late Sir Vijay Singh claimed, Sitiveni Rabuka was once again behind another COUP - George Speight's violent coup of 2000.
*Both COUPS were executed with the claim that Indo-Fijians were planning to steal i-Taukei lands and govern Fiji.
*But when it comes to Palestinians who claim that their lands were stolen from them on the creation of Israel in 1948, the same 'i-Taukei Hamas fanatics' don't want to hear Cry of the Palestinians. Israel is Holy Land.
*No wonder Rabuka and his 'Hamas i-Taukei fanatics' are with Israel.
*Today, the Baimaan is propping up Rabuka as Prime Minister,
a TERRORIST RACIST who is hiding behind life-long IMMUNITY.
*Both Rabuka and Speight - like HAMAS - held Fijians as HOSTAGES in 1987 and 2000 COUPS.
*Like the Palestinians, Indo-Fijians remain a landless peoples, and from 1987 to 1999 were treated as second class citizens, and still are - thanks to the enabler and chaprasi BIMAN PRASAD
SITIVENI RABUKA AND GEORGE SPEIGHT, with their 'Hamas i-Taukei Kidnappers' deposed two democratically elected Prime Ministers and held them HOSTAGE at GUNPOINT. In Chaudhry's case, he and his MPs were held for 56 days. NOT one NFP politician was held hostage, for Rabuka-Reddy Coalition candidates were wiped out at the 1999 election, including the current BAIMAAN - Biman Prasad
*As for Rabuka, remember Fiji, he received a SOS secret call in the form of 'whisper into his ears' from the Holy Land, to carry out his COUP.
That is the response of National Federation Party General Secretary, Kamal Iyer to Fiji Labour Party Leader, Mahendra Chaudhry raising concerns about the Rabuka government recent votes in the United Nations.
Iyer says Chaudhry has no political and moral credibility to lecture the National Federation Party about principles.
He says the FLP's senseless and baseless attack on the NFP’s stand in the two most recent foreign policy issues of the way Fiji voted at the United Nations and also withdrew its name from a resolution calling on China to end its human rights violation against the Uyghur and minority Muslims shows his desperation to become relevant.
Iyer says the NFP is not 60 years old for nothing, and they have prevailed because they have never shirked their principles.
The NFP General Secretary says a political clown known for his treachery should be the last person to talk about running with the hare and hunting with the hounds to preserve one’s interest.
Iyer says there are mechanisms within both the Coalition Agreement endorsed by the three governing parties at the end of last year, as well as the Memorandum of Understanding between the People’s Alliance and NFP signed last April, which provide mechanisms for the parties to point out their concerns on issues that are inconsistent with their own party’s values.
He says all three leaders are cognizant of this and meet as a Coalition Committee to amicably iron out concerns.
Iyer says unlike the FLP Leader who in May 1992 entered into a worthless agreement with the SVT, as well as collude with Nationalist leader Sakeasi Butadroka in an attempt to become Leader of the Opposition, and lest the people forget the FLP’s leader’s role in the illegal military regime after the December 2006 coup.
NFP's political fortune is tied to cutting deals with Sitiveni Rabuka despite BIMAN PRASAD telling voters NOT to 'Vote for Coup Makers'
THE MOUSE follows his PIED PIPER Shamima Ali on Gaza resolution but NFP leader Biman Prasad's belated statement fails to disclose if Rabuka had consulted NFP before FIJI voted to carry on with Gaza bombardment
*Was Pio Tikoduadua as Home Affairs Minister consulted on GAZA VOTE to continue the indiscriminate bombardment of Palestinians?
*What about Rabuka's side-kick Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs, LENORA QEREQERETABUA? Was she consulted on the Fiji Vote?
*Above all, did RFMF Commander Kalouniwai give the go-ahead to Fiji?
By Filipe Naikaso - FBC News
Deputy Prime Minister and National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad states they have relayed their disagreement to the Prime Minister in relation to Fiji’s vote against a resolution at the United Nations calling for truce and ceasefire in Gaza to allow facilitation of humanitarian aid.
Speaking in Nadi, Prasad emphasizes that the NFP firmly believes that Fiji should have stood in solidarity with the resolution, expressing concern that the country’s vote did not reflect the ethical stance that the situation demanded.
However, Prasad stresses that such differences in opinion within the coalition should not be perceived as a sign of weakness, but rather as indicative of a robust and healthy coalition.
Highlighting the intricacies of coalition politics, Prasad states that it is natural for coalition governments to harbour divergent viewpoints.
Prasad lauds the freedom of speech and expression in the country on the matter, emphasizing that the government welcomes constructive criticism and acknowledges the importance of open discourse.
He acknowledges that the public’s freedom to express disappointment serves as a vital component of a transparent and accountable democratic system.
INFLAMING PALESTINIANS: The so-called Fiji 'pilgrims', led by Ro Teimumu Kepa of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, a day before the Hamas attack on Israel, were planting trees in disputed lands that the Palestinians claim were stolen from them on creation of Israel.
ICEJ president and other delegates meet Pio Tikoduadua in April 2023
The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) is on the Frontlines of Israel’s Battle to defend us all from jihadist terrorism. Please join us in this just cause today! On 7 October, Israel was brutally attacked by Islamist-inspired terrorists who carried out the worst pogrom against innocent Jewish lives since the Holocaust. The Israeli army is now fighting to rid Gaza of the scourge of Hamas terrorism, which poses an intolerable threat to the entire region and even has the Arab population of Gaza imprisoned in poverty and indoctrination to hatred. This war is Israel’s most daunting crisis in generations, as Iran and its proxy Hizbullah are threatening to expand the conflict by raining down hundreds of thousands of rockets and missiles on Israel from Lebanon, even as the world twistedly paints the Jewish state as aggressor, not victim and defender.
SHAMIMA ALI, 'FIJI voted for Genocide at the UN General Assembly over Gaza truce' as hundreds of bodies of infants, children, mothers, fathers, women, elderly and disabled lie trapped in rubbles from Israeli bombs
We wonder if the HINDU Biman Prasad and the Christian fanatic Bill Gavoka were informed in advance that Fiji would vote with Israel and US to continue with the bombardment of Hamas (and indirectly the Palestinians) in Gaza.
To be clear, this vote was not to support either side of the conflict but a resolution to save thousands of innocent people, including women and children, many of whom have lost everything.
This was a vote for peace, for a diplomatic resolution, for the end of the suffering of innocent civilians, and most importantly, to send critical humanitarian aid to women and children, which, unfortunately, our current leadership has seen fit to vote against.
This vote goes against the fundamental principles of humanity, peace, and justice that should guide our nation's international policies.
We have always been a friend to all and an enemy to none. Our stance has been to keep peace, and now, for the first time, we have broken this stance, an insult to the memories of generations of peacekeepers who have always protected the innocent.
And for those that may not understand, there is an added bonus if we had voted for the resolution, and it is very close to the heart of all fijians. It is the protection of Fijian peacekeepers in the middle-east.
Thankfully, most of the world has voted for the resolution for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, and I thank them for this sensible action.
In voting for the continued bombardment of Gaza, Fiji Coalition government and the RFMF Commander Jone Kalouniwai BETRAYED both, Qatar and Jordan who had offered to negotiate for the release of Fijian peacekeepers held by the Al Nusra brigade. In the end it was Qatar who got the Fijian peacekeepers freed, telling Al Nusra that the troops were thousands of miles away from their home, just helping maintain peace in the volatile region. Let them GO, without any harm.