September 27, 2012

Fiji’s democracy progress report well received by ACP-EU

Publish date/time: 27/09/2012 [11:11]

Fiji’s report on progress towards democracy and reforms has been well received by the ACP-EU Joint parliamentary assembly.

This follows a report by the joint ACP & EU fact finding mission that visited Fiji this year to assess the reforms currently being implemented by Government.

Responding to the report, the Bureau of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary expressed satisfaction with the mission’s observations and recommendations.  

The report acknowledges that the process for the restoration of democracy depends on the people of Fiji themselves, according to their own social, economic and political priorities. 

The Bureau had met in Brussels this month to deliberate on the report which also looked at the progress made by authorities to return the country to constitutional order and parliamentary democracy.

The Bureau remained confident that the Fijian people can find solutions to the political issues that confront them and build a better society for present and future generations.

Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ratu Inoke Kubuabola said the report acknowledges the work undertaken by Government to move the country towards elections in 2014.

Kubuabola said Fiji’s ambassador to the EU will be forwarding the report to the European Commission for its consideration and hope that its positivity will fast-track a complete change of perception, that has been so far coloured by Australia and New Zealand and Pacific Island Forum.

Story by: Sofaia Koroitanoa

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