Commonwealth Day serves as a reminder

Update: 3:45PM THE people of Fiji and our national symbols still display a sense of pride, a deep love and respect for the British Crown and our colonial period for having altered the course of our history.

It is our national commonwealth often referred to as ‘Unity in Diversity’.

Leader of the Opposition Ro Teimumu Kepa made this comment in her message to the nation for the Commonwealth Day 2018.

Ro Teimumu said the day was a reminder of the bond and trust Fiji had forged with fellow British Commonwealth of Nations to exchange goodness to the Crown and to our people with a vision for a safe, secure and prosperous world based on universal values well ingrained with traditionalism.

“Today, the Commonwealth as one of the largest global organisations with its subsidiaries has a lot to contribute towards humanity, climate change, parliamentary democracy, rule of law, human rights and good governance with women, youth and people with disabilities as equal partners,” Ro Teimumu said.

“The Commonwealth of today is a contrast to itself when it was first established. This has happened with the alternation of the geo-political and socio-economic scenes in the member countries and the forces of globalisation reshaping our world,” she said.

She said for Fiji as a young nation afflicted by the culture of political turmoil and having been in and out of this proud gallery of the British establishment, the journey to seek to embrace and inculcate the covenants of the Charter of the Commonwealth must begin from home by seeking to evolve a durable, just and democratic constitution, freedom of expression and respect for the will of the people.

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