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Minister Kubuabola to Meet with Australian and New Zealand Counterparts

minister faic27th July 2012: Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola departs this weekend for Australia, where he will meet with his Australian and New Zealand counterparts, Senator Bob Carr and Minister Murray McCully.

The trilateral meeting follows the visit to Fiji in early May of the Pacific Island Forum’s Ministerial Contact Group(MCG) and Minister McCully’s visit less than a week ago. Minister Kubuabola has welcomed the opportunity to continue the constructive dialogue process with Fiji’s nearest developed neighbours and apprise them of the progress being made towards Constitutional reforms and democratic elections, as mapped out in the People’s Charter.

Minister Kubuabola expressed renewed optimism that continual engagement and constructive dialogue on Fiji’s Roadmap to Elections in 2014 would create an enabling platform towards the eventual restoration of cordial relations with the Governments of Australia and New Zealand, but added that Fiji was not preoccupied with the questions of whether or not to be re-admitted to the Pacific Islands Forum or whether Fiji was deserved of the removal of sanctions.

“Fiji remains steadfastly committed to seeking sustainable democracy though a self-determined and inclusive process; the Government and people of Fiji will not beholden to any carrot-and-stick approach, nor distracted by debates such as whether or not Fiji has met the criteria for re-admittance to the Forum. Such discussions are not conducive towards constructive dialogue”.

The last dedicated trilateral meeting of Foreign Ministers of Fiji, Australia and New Zealand took place in February 2010 in Canberra, Australia.

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