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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.

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