August 14, 2009

Commonwealth Visit Canned

When will the Commonwealth Secretariat learn the already painful lessons learned by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and the leaders?

They'll be given the run-around forever by Bainimarama and his military regime because it will never be convenient for him to 'fess up to his lies.
Statement by the Commonwealth Secretariat spokesperson
13 August 2009
Commonwealth to maintain engagement with Fiji

In response to the Secretary General’s communication to the Interim Prime Minister of Fiji, Commodore Bainimarama, conveying the Concluding Statement of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) following its Extraordinary Meeting on 31 July 2009, the Interim Government of Fiji Islands invited a delegation from the Commonwealth to visit the country.

In keeping with the spirit of sustained engagement towards the goal of restoration of constitutional democracy in member states that are suspended from the councils of the Commonwealth, enjoined by the Millbrook Action Programme and consistently advocated by CMAG, the Secretary-General conveyed an immediate and positive response to the Fiji Interim Government, proposing that a delegation led by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Fiji, Sir Paul Reeves, visit Suva on specific dates in August. As these dates were not convenient to the Fiji Interim Government, the latter proposed rescheduling the visit to 29 August 2009. The Commonwealth Secretariat has conveyed to the Government of Fiji that it is not in a position to accept this particular date.

The Secretary-General has, however, reiterated his readiness to maintain engagement with the Fiji regime at a mutually convenient time.

Eduardo del Buey
+44 (0) 207- 747-6380

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