Samoans Playing with Fire

The principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries is a cornerstone of international law yet that principle is being flagrantly breached by Samoa in its dealings with Fiji. In a remarkable development, the Samoan Government has publicly endorsed a campaign spearheaded by the renegade Fijian military officer, Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara, to remove the Fijian leader, Frank Bainimarama. In doing so, it’s set the scene for an even bigger rift between the two countries with potentially serious consequences for the entire region.

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Comments

sara'ssista said…
presuming you accept that the Samoans accept this regime as legitimate and with a mnadate. It doesn't.Everyone accepts the principle of non-interference inn others internal affaires, until they do it and explain it away.China is notorious as are most other countries with any level of self interest.
Proud Fijian said…
Samoa, Australia and New Zealand are indeed playing with fire. They are walking a fine line on the one hand trying to ‘establish’ democracy in Fiji and on the other refraining from interfering in our nations’ sovereignty. How far are they allowed to go?
Tonga’s retrival of Roko Ului from Fiji’s territorial waters is definitely an interference. Also by providing a passport so that he can travel and campaign for the ‘overthrow’ of the Fijian Government is interference.
Interestingly on 20th of June Michael Field insinuated that Roko Ului and Baledrokadroka were plotting a coup on the interim government. Immediately the two wrote separate letters to coup4.5 denying a ‘violent overthrow’. This immediate response serves a few purposes. It puts them on a high pedestal of honour being different from Bainimarama who took power by force. A forceful overthrow of Bainimarama will also possibly cost lives in both the military and public – an impression of caring that they would like to portray.
However, the reply I believe more importantly protects the nations that Mara has sojourned in from breaching UN Assembly resolutions.
The UN General Assembly resolution: (Respect for the principles of national sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of States in their electoral processes)
5. Urges all States to respect the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of States and the sovereign right of peoples to determine their political, economic and social system;
6. Strongly appeals to all States to refrain from financing or providing, directly or indirectly, any other form of overt or covert support for political parties or groups and from taking actions to undermine the electoral processes in any country;
7. Condemns any act of armed aggression or threat or use of force against peoples, their elected Governments or their legitimate leaders;
I wonder what is happening in the corridors of the UN and in Thompson’s office.
Anonymous said…
Could SOMEONE pls forward this to the US LOL
Anonymous said…
Who gives ashite what samoa thinks about us. Who the hell are they to us.
Freinds dont do this. Their pm is kubu,ing the kiwis and aussies no doubt, Ha Ha!!

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