24 June 2000
Letter from CCF to Commodore Bainimarama





June 23, 2000

Commodore Frank Bainimarama
Fiji Military Forces
Queen Elizabeth Barracks


Dear Sir


You said before the C.M.A.G. delegation arrival that there would be no more negotiation with Speight’s group, yet negotiation continued. Now you are deadlocked on the membership of the interim government. Speight is still focused on achieving his "objective" and it is the F.M.F. that is constantly giving in.

In our submission of 12 June, we had proposed that you appoint an interim government of national unity from the following Members of Parliament who are not held hostage in Parliament.

  1. Ratu Tevita Momoedonu - F.L.P
  2. Senator Laisenia Qarase - F.A.P
  3. Ratu Tua’kitau Cokanautu - F.A.P
  4. Mr David Pickering - G.V.P
  5. Ratu Kinijoji Maivalili - S.V.T
  6. Ratu Esira Rabuno - F.A.P
  7. Senator Lute Powell - F.A.P
  8. Colonel Viliame Volavola - F.A.P
  9. Mitieli Bulanauca - V.L.V
  10. Pratap Chand - F.L.P
  11. Senator Dr Atu Bain - F.L.P
  12. John Ali - F.L.P
  13. Lekh Ram Vayeshnoi - F.L.P
  14. Dr Jale Cokanasiga - F.A.P
  15. Adi Ema Tagicakibau - F.A.P
  16. Ms Ofa Duncan - G.V.P
  17. Senator Sarwan Singh - F.L.P
  18. Mr Micky Columbus - F.L.P
  19. Mr George Shiu Raj - Independent
  20. Mr Konisi Yabaki - S.V.T
  21. Mr Krishna Dutt - S.V.T
  22. Commodore Frank Bainimarama (Acting Minister for Home Affairs)
  23. Mrs Suruj Mati Nand
  24. Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu
  25. Senator Jokapeci Koroi
  26. Senator Ratu Osea Gavidi
  27. Senator Paul Manueli
  28. Senator Ratu Inoke Seru
  29. Senator Ratu Apisai Naevo
  30. Mr Josaia Gucake

The advantage of our proposal is that you stay within the 1997 Constitution and you will have a stronger position from which to ask for the lifting of the trade bans and the sanctions once the hostages are released. It does not include any MP who is known to have supported Speight. Your "interim government" of non-politicians will only see intensification of sanctions and trade bans because of the path you have doggedly continued to pursue. Consequently the majority of innocent citizens of this country will suffer so unnecessarily.

We urge you to either adopt our recommendation above or abandon negotiations and go ahead with your interim government but on the understanding that the 1997 Constitution is still in place. If that is conveyed to the C.M.A.G., the trade bans and sanctions will sure be suspended.


Yours sincerely

Jone Dakuvula

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