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SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, July 2) – General beautification works have started in and around Suva City to prepare for the visit by Princess Anne this week, says Mayor Ratu Peni Volavola.

"These are just general beautification works like cleaning up the flower gardens and streets and repainting road markings and foot crossings," he said. "We want to make the city presentable for the visit by Princess Anne and although this is within the city boundaries, we hope to extend it beyond that. In addition, we want to impress upon workers and companies, the importance of sustaining cleanliness and not just make it a one-off thing."

Ratu Peni said the clean up was not just for the visit by Princess Anne but because there also had been much criticism about the city being dirty.

He said the beautification works would cost FJ$150,000 [US$85,700]- money that was allocated for capital works but were re-diverted to cater for the clean-up. He said the clean-up started two Saturdays ago and was expected to continue through tomorrow and Tuesday.

"We hope to have a run through the city to check on all the works that had been carried out," said Ratu Peni. "We want to have it checked on Wednesday because the Princess Royal is expected to arrive on Thursday."

Princess Anne's three-day working visit is part of the first Emerging Pacific Leaders dialogue being held in Brisbane. Fifteen delegates from Fiji are among the 121 delegates from the region at the meeting.

[PIR editor’s note: Princess Anne is a member of the British Royal Family and the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II.]

July 3, 2006

Fiji Times Online: http://www.fijitimes.com

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