Fiji Time: 1:59 PM on Saturday 28 February

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Amended status positive

Torika Tokalau
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

BRITISH High Commissioner Roderick Drummond believes Fiji's amended Commonwealth status is a positive step.

On March 14, the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) decided Fiji's current suspension from the Commonwealth should be changed to suspension. This would permit Fiji to participate in a range of Commonwealth activities once again.

"The CMAG decision is a positive step which recognises the progress being made in Fiji as it prepares for elections, which we hope will be free and fair — and which the UK and Fiji's other partners are committed to support," Mr Drummond said.

"I am pleased that Fijian athletes will now be able to participate in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July.

"And I understand that the Fijian sports authorities are in touch with the Commonwealth Games Federation about possible attendance, despite the short notice."

Following the decision by CMAG, the flag of Fiji also went up at the Commonwealth Secretariat gardens in London.

In its statement following the meeting, CMAG said they welcomed the significant progress made in Fiji towards holding national election by September.

The group urged that the Electoral Commission be provided with the necessary independent authority and resources to oversee the conduct of credible and inclusive election.

CMAG also stated it looked forward to the early appointment of a Supervisor of Elections and the issuance of an Elections Decree and the legal framework for elections. It also stressed the importance of the fullest possible voter education.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Hong Kong 7s - A brief look back at how the tournament has changed in 40 years
  2. Porn a form of violence
  3. NRL: Seven debutants set to take field
  4. Fear and pain
  5. Fruit fly find raises total to eight
  6. Human sexuality
  7. Reds fall short against Highlanders
  8. Ten-year dream becomes reality for Mercer
  9. FEA awards company with gensets project
  10. Relocation query

Top Stories this Week

  1. The last goodbye Tuesday (24 Feb)
  2. Bonus pay Tuesday (24 Feb)
  3. Wife's sorrow Wednesday (25 Feb)
  4. Bainimarama: Expect the rise Monday (23 Feb)
  5. JPs in corrupt practice Monday (23 Feb)
  6. Porn search: Fiji in top ten Friday (27 Feb)
  7. Dead in early morning plunge Friday (27 Feb)
  8. Body find shocks duo Thursday (26 Feb)
  9. 3 walk free Thursday (26 Feb)
  10. A mother's anguish Wednesday (25 Feb)