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Nanise Loanakadavu
Friday, January 25, 2013

MEMBERS of the public and the international community have been urged to recognise the positive changes that have taken place in Fiji over the past two years, with last year being the catalyst year for these changes.

French Ambassador Gilles Montagnier made the comment while farewelling the outgoing chargé d'affaires of the European Union (EU) Delegation to the Pacific, Alistair MacDonald, on Wednesday night.

"2012 will remain as the benchmark year for concrete action towards Fiji's return to democracy," Mr Montagnier said

"The year started with the lifting of the PER (Public Emergency Regulation) which was in fact the first concrete step, followed by the end to media censorship and the voter registration, which, with now over half a million people, is very positive," he added.

Mr Montagnier said the draft constitution prepared by the Constitution Commission was currently under modification and as long as these modifications and the recent Political Parties Decree did not deter the course away from free and fair elections and Fiji's return to democracy, it would be unreasonable to comment on such internal political matters.


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