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EU pledges to help

Dawn Gibson
Saturday, May 11, 2013

THE European Union has reiterated its commitment to help during Fiji's transition to democracy.

Head of Delegation of the EU for the Pacific, Andrew Jacobs said: "In Fiji, during this dynamic and important time of democratic transition, we are keen to provide support for the forthcoming electoral process by sharing EU experience and expertise."

Mr Jacobs made the comment in his speech to mark Europe Day on Friday night at the Fiji Museum.

He was joined by Europeans around the country, members of the diplomatic corps and local dignitaries in the celebration which included the singing of the Fiji national anthem, the EU anthem, and a variety of entertainment.

Mr Jacobs said the EU had come a long way from smaller beginnings.

"At its core are still the principles of democracy, human rights, peace and prosperity; and the EU's success in promoting these both at home and abroad is what we celebrate on 9 May," Mr Jacobs said.

"We recognise the importance of the Pacific Islands as key partners on the global political scene and as guardians of important resources, which are biologically and culturally diverse.

"We are working with Pacific countries to help them face numerous challenges," he said.