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Traditional ceremony marks opening of G77 forum

By Felix Chaudhary
Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Update: 10:48AM BOLIVIAN President Evo Morales has just inspected the guard of honour at the start of the G77 talks in Natadola where heads of countries attending a two-day forum are now accorded traditional ceremonies of welcome.

The two-day meet between the G77s High Level Panel of Eminent Personalities of the South, is a historic first for Fiji, and will be chaired by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

Fiji's permanent representative to the United Nations Peter Thomson said the outcome of this meeting would be taken to the secretariat and the General Assembly but would also be presented to the G77s 132 Foreign Affairs Ministers who would meet in New York in September.

So the deliberation will be important in that the advice given to the 132 nations on the future of the South-South Cooperation, he said.