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Call to invite EU observer mission

Avinesh Gopal
Wednesday, May 07, 2014

THE EU is an important stakeholder and should be invited to send an observer mission for the general election in September, says the National Federation Party.

And the party has urged the government to invite the EU to send an observer mission for the election, saying the EU's revelation last week that it has not been invited so far was of concern.

NFP president Tupou Draunidalo said the EU had been one of the largest donors of foreign aid to Fiji for decades with an important role in the country's sugar industry.

"The $275million grant to the sugar industry which was suspended following the 2006 military coup will only be resumed following a general election that has been certified as free, fair and credible by the EU," she said.

"The sugar industry, particularly our canefarmers, need this grant to resuscitate the ailing industry.

"This has been sorely missed over the past seven years. The benefits flowing on from that will benefit every other sector of the economy."

Ms Draunidalo said a terms of reference which meet international standards should be drawn up.

With the terms of reference, she said observer missions from the Commonwealth and the EU could freely carry out their work in assessing whether the election would meet international standards with the ultimate objective of restoring parliamentary democracy.





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