Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
12 December 2012: Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola attended the Ministerial Conference on the Group of Friends of the Syrian People Meeting in Marrakech, Morocco. A total of 114 countries from the Middle East, Europe, Asia, American and the Pacific participated in the conference.
In his statement, Minister Kubuabola informed the members that Fiji is cognizant of the crisis in Syria and deplores the exacerbating violence by all parties to the conflict. Minister Kubuabola also stated that whilst Fiji concurs that peace and stability must be restored in Syria for the security interest of the Middle East and the international community at large, such restoration however should be premised on the guiding principles of full respect for Syria’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, Cessation of violence by all sides, primacy of the United Nations and its Security Council in the response of the international community, full support for the work of the Joint Special Representative, LakhdarBrahimi and the immediate negotiation of a political solution to the crisis.
Given that Fiji has more than thirty years of experience in peacekeeping on political rather than military standing in the Middle Eastern countries, Minister Kubuabola informed the conference that Fiji is willing to contribute as a neutral alliance. In this respect Fiji is prepared to assist the restoration of Syria once the crisis subsides.
He further confirmed that Fiji is committed to securing peace and stability in Syria and will support all efforts to reach this vision in the best interest of all Syrians.
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