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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, September 10) – The Fiji government has distanced itself from the claims of a Sri Lankan-born British lawmaker claiming to have been nominated by Fiji as the latest candidate to succeed United Nations Secretary- General Kofi Annan.

Clarifying the intent of the letter from Foreign Affairs Minister Kaliopate Tavola in July, the Foreign Affairs has stated that the letter was just a gesture of showing support for British Member of the European Parliament Niranjan Deva-Aditya and not an official nomination from the Fijian government.

"The Ministry never intended to sponsor a British member of the European Parliament as its candidate for the United Nations secretary general's position," he said.

Fiji's deputy United Nations ambassador, Filimone Kau, is reported to have written to the Security Council president Adamantios Vassilakis, highlighting that the letter presented to the council was only intended to support Deva's candidacy.

Kau said "we could support his candidacy but certainly Fiji has not nominated him."

The President of the Security Council is attempting to resolve the confusion.

September 11, 2006


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