Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
Statement by H.E. Ratu Inoke Kubuabola (Minister for Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation) on the occasion of Fiji’s admission to the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) 16th Ministerial Conference and Commemorative Meeting of the Non- Aligned Movement, Bali- Indonesia 23-27 May 2011
Mr. Chairman, Honourable Ministers,Excellencies,Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am happy to convey to you today, very warm greetings from the Government and the Peoples of Fiji.
We are honoured and proud to respond to your invitation Mr. Chairman and to take our seat behind the flag of our Island Nation, for the very first time in this august forum, on this auspicious occasion.
Fiji is honoured in the sense that we have found favour to be received and warmly welcomed into the Movement. We are proud, because today marks another significant milestone in our country’s history and in particular in the development of our foreign policy.
I wish to formarly convey Fiji’s congratulation on NAM reaching its 50th anniversary and to thank founding members for foresight for building the Group to a formidable entity in diplomacy and multilateral cooperation. Our joining at this commemorative 50th year is significant as Fiji also comes of age to take her place among the developing and emerging nations of the world as we cooperate to ensuring peace and development to those who need it most in our global community.
Fiji’s desire to join the Non-Aligned Movement is a manifestation of her commitment to the principle of peaceful cooperation and co-existence amongst all nations, deeply respecting the integrity of each other’s territorial and independent sovereign existence.
Even in our relative isolation, we in Fiji have always known that “No Man is an Island”. In today’s fast changing and globalised world, these sentiments rings true, its implications real, especially to our Island nation.
Therefore, through you Mr. Chairman, I extend to each Member States of the Non- Aligned Movement, my Government’s heartfelt gratitude for honouring us with the gesture of opening the door when we requested to join the Movement.
The Government of the Republic of Fiji believe in policies and practices of cooperation, especially those that are multilateral and provide mutual benefit to all those involved. We accept the universality of human rights and social justice. Fiji supports the protection of cultural diversity and the tolerance of the religious, socio-cultural, and historical particularities for they define who we are. I confirm that Fiji is committed to play her part and we will continually be guided by the principles espoused by this Movement.
Before I conclude, it will be remiss of me not to acknowledge the Government of the Republic of Indonesia for hosting us in this beautiful Island, Bali. This is a special meeting for Fiji, it is our inaugural NAM meeting and I wish to give assurances today, that the warmth we are experiencing here, is not only limited to the weather.
Mr. Chairman, Honourable Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, may this 16th Ministerial Conference and Commemorative Meeting a success; and once again, on behalf of the Government and the Peoples of Fiji- Vinaka Vakalevu, Dhaniavad and Thank you very much indeed.
(Photo caption: Fiji NAM delegates, Sainivalati Navoti, Minister Kubuabola & Ambassador Cavuilati, Bali, Indonesia)
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