PM assures UN

FIJI has delivered its promise of holding a free and fair election, Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama told the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York yesterday.

Rear Admiral (Ret) Bainimarama, in a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, said the general election was observed by a 92-member Multi-national Observer Group and was conducted in accordance with the Fijian Constitution, which established a common and equal citizenry for all Fijians.

Mr Ban said he had no doubt the democratic process would restore confidence and that Fiji had a strong economic future ahead of it.

The two met on the sidelines of the general debate where the prime minister was congratulated for holding a free and fair election in a democratic manner.

The secretary general said he hoped the prime minister and Fiji would continue to play a leadership role in regional development, particularly as the world moves toward the challenges of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Rear Admiral (Ret) Bainimarama said when he met Mr Ban one year ago in New York, he made a promise that Fiji would have free and fair elections in 12 months time.

In his meeting yesterday, he informed the secretary general that Fiji had faithfully delivered on that promise.

Mr Ban also thanked Fiji and the Fijian people for their commitment to UN peacekeeping.

He expressed his deep admiration for the bravery of the Fijian peacekeepers, who had performed so well in the UNDOF Mission in the Middle East, especially during the recent hostage crisis.

Rear Admiral (Ret) Bainimarama said UN peacekeeping would remain at the core of Fiji’s foreign policy so Fiji could continue to serve the global community by helping to bring peace and security to troubled areas around the world.

The PM also reaffirmed his government’s intention to be inclusive and promote the rights and aspirations of all Fijians in his national statement to the UN General Assembly today.