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Australian FM to be in Pacific meeting in Fiji: report

04-26-2012 11:08 BJT

SUVA, April 26 (Xinhua) -- Australian Foreign Minister, Bob Carr will be in Fiji on Monday to attend a meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum's Ministerial Contact Group (MCG), local media said here Thursday.

According to the report, Carr has confirmed to Radio Australia that he will be part of the MCG meeting and he will be speaking with a wide range of people during his visit in Fiji.

He will be talking to people in the government to test whether they are authentic in their desire to see a proper constitutional arrangement and robustly free elections come 2014.

Fiji's invitation for a similar visit was canceled by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama in 2010 after New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully's comments against Fiji and the Fijian Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola was treated shabbily at the group's meeting in Auckland.

In 2011, Kubuabola was properly received and treated thanks to the influence from the Melanesian brothers and sisters in Vanuatu hosting and chairing the Forum meeting which discussed developments in Fiji and matters relating to Fiji's participation in regional trade and economic processes and deliberations.

MCG Ministers reaffirmed that Forum concerns over the situation in Fiji reflected the underlying values of the Forum, namely the respect for democracy, good governance and the rule of law and encouraged Fiji to engage Forum members in a detailed dialogue on the types of assistance required to enable it to move forward on its plans as quickly as possible.

In his presentation, Fiji's Foreign Minister advised that the Fiji Government has determined a framework supported under the People's Charter for Change, Peace and Progress; the Roadmap for Democracy and Sustainable Socio-Economic Development 2009-2014; and the Strategic Framework for Change.

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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