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Pacific leaders rally behind Fiji

August 23, 2012 7:03 pm

Pacific Island leaders have shown their support to Fiji’s progress towards elections in 2014.

They were briefed yesterday at the 3rd Engaging with the Pacific Meeting of Fiji’s strategic framework for change and the constitution making process.

PNG High Commissioner to Fiji Peter Eafeare gave his Prime Minister’s apologies for not being able to attend the meeting, but he had this message from his leader.

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“Papua New Guinea considers this meeting a tremendous opportunity to engage with Fiji, and other Pacific Island States on issues of mutual interest and more particularly of the tangible progress that have been achieved in Fiji, moving towards parliamentary elections by September 2014. This has been publicly stated by the Fijian Government and PNG stands ready to assist where possible.”

New Caledonia delegation leader Victor Tutugoro shared the same sentiments as his PNG counterpart.

“I want to acknowledge the progress made by Fiji and the respective roadmap towards democracy. I want to encourage the Fijian government to continue in this way and I’m looking forward to developing new paths of cooperation with Fiji in the future. It’s important for Fiji, it’s important for New Caledonia and it’s important for the Pacific.”

Meanwhile bilateral discussions and the signing of MOU’s will be the order of the day today as the meeting rounds off following discussions, the leaders retreat and the signing of the communiqué.

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