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'We've made history'

Timoci Vula
Thursday, November 22, 2012

FIJI has been re-included into the Pacific-African Caribbean Pacific (PACP) fold.

This after the 14 leaders from the member countries recommended the return of the island nation to participate in PACP meetings at all levels and be actively involved in discussions relating to Pacific issues.

And Fiji's Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said this was the outcome he had wanted.

"We've made history today (yesterday)," Commodore Bainimarama said following the first-half of the closed leaders session of the Special PACP meeting held at the Royal Papua Yacht Club in Port Moresby yesterday.

"We've right the wrong of 2009 and they've welcomed us back into the family," he said.

Permanent secretary for Trade and Commerce Shaheen Ali said all 14-member countries had welcomed Fiji back into PACP meetings and activities at all levels.

"Fiji has been voicing its concerns of being left out of PACP meetings and its activities since the forum's decision in 2009," Mr Ali said.

"It's our contention that this was wrongly applied to PACP meetings," he said.

Mr Ali said Fiji would now join its Pacific Islands brothers in all its economic endeavours as one single region, citing ongoing Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations with the European Union.

"This has been a historic achievement in PNG," he said, and added Fiji now looked forward to its participation in the PACP activities.