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Fiji briefed on G77 role

Ioane Burese
Saturday, December 22, 2012

FIJI'S election to the chairmanship of the G77 reflects the confidence by the international community in having Fiji preside over international matters.

According to a statement, Fiji's permanent representative to the United Nations Ambassador Peter Thomson highlighted that more than 130 developing countries from the Asia Pacific region supported Fiji's chairmanship of the G77 and that Fiji will need to work hard to carry out its duties.

On Thursday, Ambassador Thomson joined members of the G77 in presenting to Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama on the next steps that will need to be taken.

Ambassador Thomson briefed the Prime Minister of the handing-over ceremony that will take place in New York next month.

Before his briefing with the Prime Minister and members of Cabinet, Ambassador Thomson also briefed media outlets on the process leading towards Fiji's election to chairmanship and the next step towards handing over.

Ambassador Thomson was accompanied by the G77+China executive general secretary Mr Mourad Ahmia who also briefed the Prime Minister on Fiji's newest international responsibilities.

Mr Ahmia has written several publications related to the G77 and the United Nations.

Mr Ahmia reminded media outlets that Fiji's chairmanship marks a new chapter not only in Fiji's international history but also that for Pacific islands.

He said Fiji was the first country in the region to be elected to chair the G77.

Commodore Bainimarama is expected to travel to New York next year for the handing-over ceremony.