Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
9th May, 2012, Egypt: Fiji’s Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola is this week, attending the Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement Coordinating Bureau, that is being held at Sharm El- Sheik, Egypt.
Mr Kubuabola delivered a statement at the opening session of the meeting on behalf of the Asia Pacific Region.
Speaking from Sharm El Sheikh, Mr. Kubuabola stated that “as representatives of the Asia Pacific Region, we find the principles of respect for sovereign and territorial integrity, non-interference and the right to self-determination, are bedrocks of international relations that have served NAM well in its sixty-one years of group diplomacy".
Mr. Kubuabola added that NAM has a vital role to play, representing as it does the largest block of developing and least developed countries. NAM was formed in a different era, for different and strategic reasons, but there is no doubt that it continues to be highly relevant and makes positive contributions in the affairs of the international community.
NAM is a group of states that are not aligned to any major power bloc.
The Group represents nearly two-thirds of the United Nations’ members and contains 55% of the world’s population. Last year, Fiji became the 120th member of NAM.
Mr. Kubuabola is expected to deliver his National Statement later where he would discuss Fiji’s progress towards the 2014 Elections.
The Ministerial Meeting of the NAM will formally close on Thursday, May 10, 2012.
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