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Media Release

Cape Verde and Fiji establish Diplomatic relations

100_12452nd April, 2012, New York: The Republic of Cape Verde and the Republic of Fiji formalised diplomatic relations at a ceremony at the Fiji Mission to the United Nations in New York today.  The Permanent Representative of Cape Verde to the United Nations, Ambassador Antonio Lima, and his Fiji counterpart, Ambassador Peter Thomson, signed a joint communiqué establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The communiqué expresses the desire of Cape Verde and Fiji to promote and strengthen the ties of friendship and cooperation between their two countries and peoples.  It affirms the relationship will be guided by the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations, as well as the Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic Relations and Consular Relations.  The communiqué states the relations will be on the basis of equality, mutual respect for each other’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, and non-interference in the internal affairs of each other.

Following the signing of the communiqué, Ambassador Lima and Ambassador Thomson discussed the strengthening of cooperation between the two island nations, highlighting the work that the United Nations Missions of both Cape Verde and Fiji are undertaking in the fields of climate change and sustainable development.  Both countries are active members of AOSIS, the Alliance of Small Island States.

(Photo caption left to right: Minister Barreto of the Cape Verde Mission, Ambassador Lima, Ambassador Thomson, and Counsellor Daunivalu of the Fiji Mission at the ceremony to formalise diplomatic relations between Cape Verde and Fiji.)