Monday, September 27, 2010

Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group agrees to keep links with Fiji

FIJI VILLAGE NEWS - 27 September 2010

Story by: Roneel Lal

The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group held its 34th regular meeting in New York at the weekend and agreed to remain engaged with Fiji in good faith.

However, in a statement CMAG said it agreed, with regret, that Fijis suspension from the Commonwealth remained necessary in order to protect the fundamental values of the Commonwealth. 

The Group reaffirmed its solidarity with the people of Fiji and expressed its sincere hope that Fiji would take the necessary steps to enable the restoration of its full participation in the Commonwealth as soon as possible.

CMAG also emphasized the Commonwealth's continued readiness to assist Fiji in appropriate ways on its path back to constitutional democracy, consistent with Commonwealth values and principles. 

The Group welcomed the Commonwealth's continued efforts to engage in constructive dialogue with the government of Fiji and other stakeholders, particularly through the Secretary General's Special Representative, and encouraged such engagement in good faith to continue.

CMAG noted the statement made on Fiji by the Leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum at their recent summit in Vanuatu, and reaffirmed the importance of the Commonwealth continuing to work in close cooperation and consultation with other regional and international partners in relation to the Fiji situation.

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