FIJI'S status in the Commonwealth will be reviewed once a credible election is held in the country.
At its 40th meeting in New York last Friday, the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) reviewed the developments in Fiji, recalling that the country had been on its agenda since 2006.
The CMAG reiterated the Commonwealth's unwavering solidarity with the people of Fiji and CMAG's commitment to Fiji's reinstatement as a full member of the Commonwealth family, through the restoration of constitutional civilian democracy, the rule of law and human rights, in accordance with the fundamental political values of the Commonwealth.
It also noted the promulgation of Fiji's new Constitution as a positive step towards the restoration of democracy.
"Ministers welcomed the progress towards holding national elections in 2014, as well as the Commonwealth's engagement to provide technical advice and support to the electoral preparations," the CMAG's concluding statement said.
They urged that an independent election commission be established rapidly to oversee the conduct of credible and inclusive election on a levelled playing field.
The concluding statement said the group looked forward to reviewing Fiji's status in the Commonwealth once credible elections were held.
In this context, the CMAG urged Fiji authorities to hold elections within a timeframe that could facilitate Fiji's participation in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland in July next year.
The CMAG also hoped the Commonwealth would be invited to observe the elections.
It also requested the secretary general to remain engaged with Fijian authorities in the hope of restoring full adherence to the Commonwealth values.