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     Government of the Republic of Fiji

  Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service

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Media Release

"Elections on Track and ACP-EU Mission Welcomed to Fiji", says Foreign Minister Kubuabola

23rd May, 2012: "Fiji’s journey to parliamentary elections is well on track", says Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.

And he welcomed the proposed ACP-EU fact-finding mission that will visit Fiji in July.

Kubuabola made the comments while delivering his national statement to the Committee on Political Affairs at the 23rd Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) in Horsens, Denmark on Wednesday 23 May.

He asked the Committee for understanding of and support for Fiji’s political situation, and the reforms and processes involved.

At the same time, he called on ACP-EU members to not only understand Fiji’s “Roadmap for Democracy and Sustainable Socio-Economic Development” but more importantly to support it.

“We need continuous understanding and support of the international community towards the path that we have chosen for ourselves, and we welcome the support of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly,” he said.

“Our Government looks forward to and will be pleased to receive a JPA fact-finding mission to Fiji. We sincerely believe that this mission will be fruitful in providing this committee with a better appreciation of the challenges facing our small sovereign nation,” he said.

“Fiji’s journey to parliamentary elections is well on track and in line with the Government’s Roadmap for Democracy, and Sustainable Socio-Economic Development,” Kubuabola told the assembly.

The Foreign Minister said the lifting of the Public Emergency Regulations (PER) in Fiji was followed by the announcement of the Constitution Consultation process. This has started with the naming of the members of the Constitution Consultation Commission, a civic education program, culminating in the submission of the first draft and the final submission of the new Constitution by 2013.

“In February this year, the Prime Minister announced a five-person Constitutional Commission.  The Commission consists of two distinguished overseas-based legal professors, and three illustrious Fiji citizens who widely represent different facets of Fiji’s society,” he said.

Kubuabola said the new constitution would be premised on the fundamental values and principles of universal and equal suffrage.

He said Fiji has received the support of many countries for its Roadmap.

“This support has been expressed to us bilaterally and at many forums, including regional ones such as the Melanesian Spearhead Group. We have expanded our diplomatic relations now to more countries in all regions of the world.  This in itself exemplifies our commitment to be a good global citizen and why we have received support from the international community,” he said.

Kubuabola said on March 6, the Commonwealth Secretariat sent a fact finding mission to Fiji, to explore opportunities in lending support and resume formal engagement. Subsequently, Fiji hosted a team from the United Nations to assess and identify areas for UN support leading up to the 2014 Election.