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Fiji: A Proposed Remedy to the Crisis

Published: Mon 29 May 2000 05:16 PM
Fiji: A Proposed Remedy to the Crisis
te.putatara@actrix.gen.nz
A paper has been sent for publication to Te Karere Ipurangi from Fiji by those concerned about finding a workable solution to the coup crisis. For reasons of their own they do not want to be named.
It comprises an analysis of the 1997 Constitution from a Fijian perspective, and points out some factors that the Australian and New Zealand governments should heed well before they make any more unwanted and unrealistic demands on the Fijian peoples.
The analysis is followed by a recommended process to either affirm the validity of the 1997 Constitution, to amend it, or to scrap it and start again.
The process is designed to achieve that which does not exist at the moment - a universally accepted and workable constitution for Fiji. It is no use demanding that Fiji abide by a constitution that has not been approved or ratified by the all the people of Fiji, or even by a majority of the people through referendum.
The proposal calls for the 1997 Constitution to be submitted to referendum as the starting point of a process to find a workable constitution for Fiji.
To the governments of Australia and New Zealand I say read this proposal from Fijian people and wake up to reality.
To read the paper go to: http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/rhimona/karere/fiji012.htm Please disseminate this information quickly and widely.
Ross Nepia Himona, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Aotearoa.

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