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Historical discovery

Ana Madigibuli
Saturday, April 05, 2014

THE Instruments of Independence, a legal document that established Fiji's Independence from the UK in 1970, has been recovered at the National Archives of Fiji.

The legal document, which was thought to have been lost, will now be accessible to all Fijians to view at the National Archives.

In a government statement issued yesterday, Prime Minister and Minister for National Archives of Fiji Rear Admiral Voreqe Bainimarama said the new development reinforced the government's commitment to preserve Fiji's historical documents.

"It's a reminder of Government's responsibility to ensure that historical documents such as these are restored, preserved and shared for future generation," he said.

In the statement, Information and National Archives permanent secretary Sharon Smith-Johns said the historic find represented the reforms carried out at the National Archives to ensure every Fijian had access to those documents. The Instruments of Independence was presented to Fiji's then-chief minister Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara by Prince Charles of Great Britain during Fiji's Independence celebration in Suva in 1970.

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