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Media Release

Fiji won’t be going to PALM 6: PM Bainimarama

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19th May, 2012: Fiji will not be attending the sixth Pacific Island leaders meeting (PALM) in Tokyo, Japan this year.

While thanking Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda for inviting Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola to the meeting, Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said Fiji will not attend as it “is a meeting of leaders”.  The Prime Minister was not invited.

Bainimarama said despite this Fiji was committed to promoting high level ties between Fiji and Japan as Fiji and Japan have long enjoyed an excellent friendship.

He invited the Japanese Prime Minister to visit Fiji later this year to enhance these political and economic ties.

Bainimarama said Fiji has recently engaged with the international community at an unprecedented level.

He said the constitution consultation process towards the 2014 democratic election had started and the government remained focused on implementing the roadmap for democracy and sustainable socio-economic development.

He said the government has received the full support of most members of the United Nations for the roadmap.

“With the recent conclusion of the UN Needs Assessment Mission and the visit by the Forum Ministerial Contact Group, we expect to remain fully engaged with and receive the full support of all members of the international community on our way forward to democratic elections based on what is best for Fiji and its people,” the Prime Minister said.