Friday, April 30, 2010

Samoan PM’s comments ‘unfortunate’



Fiji’s Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola says comments by Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi about moving the Forum Secretariat from Suva are unfortunate.

Kubuabola said notwithstanding the comments, the Fiji government “looks forward to the Pacific Way, continued cordial relations with the Prime Minister, government and people of Samoa”.

He said Fiji had an unswerving commitment to holding general elections in Fiji in 2014.

”The timeframe takes into account the necessary reforms needed to be carried out for the future good of Fiji; the drafting of a new Constitution, which will also contain new electoral provisions with the fundamental democratic tenet of one man one vote and removal of race-based constituencies; consultation with the people of all 14 provinces and Rotuma on the draft Constitution; the creation and demarcation of constituencies pursuant to the new Constitution; revision of the National Register of Voters on a house to house basis; new Constituencies Lists; all the preparations required for the conduct of the elections; and the actual holding of the elections.”

”As regards the presence of the Forum Secretariat in Suva, it is not relevant since Fiji has been suspended from its membership.”

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