COMMONWEALTH TO MEET OVER FIJI SITUATION

Ready to assist the ‘restoration of democracy’

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, April 12, 2009) – The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) will convene a meeting as soon as possible to discuss the situation in Fiji following the abrogation of its Constitution, says Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma.

He said the Commonwealth is ready to assist Fiji in the restoration of democracy.

"The Commonwealth is always ready to assist with constitutional, legal, and other expertise required to support peaceful constitutional democracy in any member country. Its restoration is the right of all Fijians," he said.

In his address to the nation yesterday, Caretaker Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said his Government will be liaising closely with the Commonwealth and other international bodies.

"My message to our development partners and our neighbours is that we wish them to work with us to take Fiji forward," he said.

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