Ratu Epeli calls on parliaments to engage in decision-making for their nations

Speaker of the Fijian Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau with the Speaker of the Parliament of Eswatini Petros Mavimbela. Picture: SUPPLIED

FIJI’S Speaker of Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has called on parliaments to strive to pass relevant national and regional laws that align to international laws and treaties in order to find lasting solutions to emerging threats from violations to global treaties.

Ratu Epeli made the call while addressing more than 1750 delegates at the 141st Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly that took place in Belgrade, Serbia, last week.

“It is incumbent on us to engage in decision-making for our nations on whether to assume binding international obligations and the implementation mechanisms that can be undertaken,” Ratu Epeli said.

He highlighted Fiji’s contribution to peacekeeping missions globally and said Fiji would continue to commit to peacekeeping operations globally.

“For Fiji, we believe that the right of peace should be enjoyed by all of humanity. That is why we have given 40 years of service and sacrifice to this cause for international cooperation, peace and security and we stand ready to play our part in this critical global effort. Fiji has always, willingly, answered the call for global peacekeepers and peacekeeping deployments.

“Fiji is a small country, but we are more than willing to do our part to protect the innocent, shield the vulnerable and uphold the basic human rights of all peoples. This is connected to our national sentiment and to the wider universal values that Fiji seeks to promote globally.”

The week-long Assembly was attended by presiding officers, MPs, UN representatives and civil society representatives. In addition to discussing international collaboration and adherence to the tenets of international law, the delegates were in discussion to further review latest developments to improve gender equality, empower young people, defend MPs’ human rights, and achieve universal health coverage.

The Fiji delegation comprised Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Ashneel Sudhakar, Opposition MP Salote Radrodro and senior secretariat staff.

The members attended various standing committees and side events in addition to the general debate.

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