FIJI REGIME OPENS DIALOG WITH DIPLOMATS

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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, April 16) – Foreign diplomats based in Suva have been briefed by the Interim Government on the situation in the country and the progress it is making in taking Fiji forward.

[PIR editor’s note: According to a related FijiTimes story, there are a number of foreign diplomats stationed in Fiji including representatives from New Zealand, Australia, U.S., Indonesia, Japan, Nauru, and Papua New Guinea to name a few.]

The Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Parmesh Chand said the Interim Government considered the briefing very important for the diplomats.

The briefing was jointly organised by the PM’s Office, Foreign Affairs and the Fiji Military Forces.

In a statement, Chand said a lot of positive developments are taking place in terms of the Interim Government’s desire to engage with bilateral partners and the international community.

"We are actively participating in the Pacific Islands Forum/Fiji Joint Working Group which has been formed as an outcome of the Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting on the Eminent Persons Group Report.

"There is also the high-powered Ministerial delegation which is now in Brussels to have consultations with the European Union as required under Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement. And on the domestic front, there is withdrawal of the military personnel from the checkpoints and of course, relaxation of restrictions.

Chand said one of the reasons for the briefing was to inform of the progress we are making in bringing about normalcy and the work being done on the Roadmap to Parliamentary Democracy;

The other reason was to seek the views of our bilateral partners and international community on progress being made and what further developments that they would like to see for meaningful engagement; and to seek the understanding of the rather unique and complex Fiji situation and that the Interim Government is fully committed to working together with them in putting together the framework for good governance and genuine parliamentary democracy.

Chand said the response to the briefing was very positive and that there would be regular sessions like this held on a progressive basis.

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