FIJI IN RUNNING TO HOST ACP MEETING, SAYS MINISTER

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (November 29, 2001 – Fiji Sun/PINA Nius Online)---Fiji hopes to win the bid to host the ACP (Africa Caribbean Pacific) Summit next year, Foreign Affairs and External Trade Minister Kaliopate Tavola said.

Mr. Tavola said he had received indications that Fiji was preferred over all other Pacific ACP members because of the capability of its facilities to hold large meetings.

"This is envisaged to be scheduled back-to-back with the Forum Leaders Meeting, also to be hosted by Fiji in August 2002," Mr. Tavola said.

He said Fiji's relationship with the Africa Caribbean Pacific group of countries was gaining momentum following an ACP-European Union Joint Parliamentary Assembly meeting last month.

He said in the meeting it was unanimously adopted to resume full assistance to Fiji as a result of the return to democracy.

On Fiji's relationship with the Commonwealth, Mr. Tavola said that Fiji was "being treated unfairly."

Mr. Tavola said the Commonwealth has taken into account the constitutionality of the Cabinet, which he said was a post-election matter.

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