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Media Release

Minister Kubuabola Participates in ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly

Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, participated in the 24th ACP Parliamentary Assembly and the 21st session of the Joint ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly from 11-18 May 2011 in Budapest, Hungary.

Minister Kubuabola addressed both the ACP Political Committee and the Joint Political Committee of the ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly, providing both an update on Fiji’s political progress and recommending that a mission of the JPA be sent to Fiji in late 2012 or early 2013 to assess and discuss the political progress made by authorities in Fiji. This recommendation was taken up and agreed by the JPA, and arrangements will be made closer to the time to bring this mission to fruition.

Minister Kubuabola also took the opportunity of being at the JPA to conduct bilateral meetings with a number of Members of the European Parliament to deepen understanding in the MEPs of the situation in Fiji and to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern. These meetings were very constructive, and follow-up to these meetings will be undertaken by Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the European Union, H.E. Peceli Vocea, who accompanied Minister Kubuabola to Budapest.

 After bilateral meeting with Hon David Martin,  UK Labour Party Member of the European Union Parliament.

With Pacific Islands MPs - left to right Assistant Minister Hon Victor Tamapua (Samoa),  Minister for Natural Resources Hon Isaia Taeia Italelei (Tuvalu) and Solomons Member of Parliament.