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Fiji wants PNG/MSG Observer Mission for elections

April 18, 2013 1:05 am

Fiji has proposed to Papua New Guinea to consider preparing a PNG/MSG Observer Mission for Fijian elections in 2014.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama made the revelation when hosting a dinner for his PNG counterpart Peter O’Neil last night.

Mika Loga reports from Port Moresby.

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Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama told those present last night, he does not want a repeat of 2006 when despite glaring anomalies and fraud, the European Union Observers said the elections were credible.

He says, Fiji cannot agree to such fraud missions and added the country needed improvement and have integrity in the entire electoral process.

Fiji, he says needs an observer group that has integrity.

On the proposal for a PNG/MSG Observer Mission, Bainimarama says details will be worked out later.

Also in his final speech last night, the Prime Minister thanked his counterpart for his wonderful hospitality and thanked him and his government for his hard work that saw the successful conclusion of his first state visit and breakthrough in trade facilitation by their respective countries.

Bainimarama says, the bilateral achievements and the historic signing of the mobile agreement indicate their countries continued commitment to each other in all aspects of development within their respective economies.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neil reiterated Fiji should take advantage of PNG’s economic boom and the countries must work together to create jobs and better the living standards for people of both countries.

O’Neil says, PNG looks forward to a win-win partnership and encourage joint venture opportunities between the countries.

Prime Minister Bainimarama will visit our High Commission later today before flying off to the United Nations to attend the G77 meeting in New York in which Fiji is chairman.

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