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PM to travel to PACP leaders meeting

November 15, 2012 4:08 am

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will attend the meeting of leaders of the Pacific ACP grouping in Port Moresby on Wednesday.

Issues that would be discussed amongst other things include Fiji’s participation at future P-ACP related meetings.

Fiji hasn’t participated at the highest level of PACP meeting since its suspension from the Pacific Islands Forum in 2009.

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PACNEWS reports the one-day meeting will try and resolve ‘once and for all’ Fiji’s issue which has been divisive to the membership of the Pacific Islands Forum.

However, the decision will need to be by consensus, if Fiji is to return to the P-ACP fold.

At the recent Forum Leaders meeting in Cook Islands, P-ACP Leaders couldn’t agree on allowing Fiji back to their meeting because of the decision by Leaders in 2009 to suspend the Pacific island nation.

As a compromise, Papua New Guinea offered to host a special session outside the Forum process before the end of the year to discuss Fiji’s involvement in purely P-ACP related activities.

Trade and Industry Permanent Secretary, Shaheen Ali told PACNEWS that Fiji has maintained all along that “any move to limit its participation in the PACP is a violation of Fiji’s rights under international law.”

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