FIJI PRESIDENT MARA CALLS FOR UNITY

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (October 11, 1999 – Fiji Broadcasting Commission)---The President, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, has called for all races to work together for the common good of all.

The President made the comments while delivering his keynote address for this year's 29th Fiji Day celebration.

He emphasized that this year's theme for the celebration is aimed at youth to promote unity as Fiji approaches the new millennium.

"The theme for this week's celebration is unity in diversity. The emphasis will be on youth in the promotion of unity in our multi-ethnic cultural society.

"We hope to bring together the young people from different ethnic and gender groupings as we move into the new millennium.

"It is a responsibility for us as a community to display thorough meke, dances, parade and worship our cultural diversity.

"For each of us, we are encouraged to reach out to one another with one destiny.

"This demands of us a genuine and honest commitment to living together and harmony and working together for a common national goal.

"A united Fiji in the new millennium must be our collective hope, a hope that can be realized by mutual tolerance and respect for one another, a cornerstone of our believe that we are one nation consisting of several races with one destiny and we are free," he said.

For additional reports from The Fiji Broadcasting Commission, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Other News Sources/Fiji Live.

 

FIJI'S INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS WASHED OUT IN SUVA

SUVA, Fiji Islands (October 11, 1999 – Radio Australia)---Celebrations to mark Fiji's 29th anniversary of independence suffered a setback today, with festivities in Suva called off because of bad weather.

However, celebrations at other major centers around the country went ahead as scheduled.

In his address to mark Fiji Day celebrations, President Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara said this year's theme was unity in diversity.

"For each of us we are encouraged to reach out to one another and enjoy the fellowship of being members of one nation with one destiny

" This demands of us a genuine and honest commitment to live together in harmony and working together for a common national goal.

"A united Fiji in the new millennium must be our collective hope," he said.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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