FIJI CANCELS UN REPRESENTATIVE APPOINTMENT

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, January 10) – Fiji's interim Government has cancelled the appointment of ousted Senator Dr Tupeni Baba as Fiji's permanent representative to the United Nations.

Dr Baba was appointed by the ousted Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua party to travel to New York in mid-January, 2007.

However, Dr Baba received a letter yesterday from the CEO for Foreign Affairs informing him of his cancelled trip.

"I guess it would be difficult for the interim Government to fill the position following the strong statement from the UN general secretary condemning the Fiji coup," said Dr Baba.

Fiji's UN office in New York has been vacant since the former representative, former Police Commissioner Isikia Savua, left late last year.

A disappointed Dr Baba said he and his family had already made the necessary preparations for the New York assignment.

"I will have to look at other alternatives now. I am an academic and a consultant so I could return to any of these jobs."

It is not clear whether the military-backed interim Government will make fresh appointments for Fiji's diplomatic postings this year.

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