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Commonwealth talks

Shalveen Chand
Saturday, July 26, 2014

FIJI and the UK have had talks about Fiji's return to the Commonwealth this week.

Fiji was suspended from the Commonwealth in September 2009 because it had demanded that Fiji commit, by September 1, 2009 to resuming negotiations with the opposition and to holding credible elections by October 2010.

Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama had then stated to the Commonwealth that elections in 2010 would be premature and had pointed to 2014 as the suitable time.

Last week, President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau met UK's Minister of State Hugo Swire at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, a government statement said.

It stated that Ratu Epeli held talks with Mr Swire in Glasgow, Scotland, where he is attending the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Mr Swire took the opportunity to welcome Ratu Epeli to Glasgow and highlighted the Commonwealth's desire to see Fiji back in the forum "to where it rightfully belongs".

He said UK was aware of the recent developments taking place in Fiji, including the steps taken by the government in holding the first democratic election in September this year.

The statement said Mr Swire also pointed out that the UK was ready to assist Fiji in all sectors.








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