COMMONWEALTH AGREES TO TALKS WITH FIJI LEADER

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Reeves to meet with Bainimarama in Fiji

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, August 14, 2009) – A co-architect of Fiji’s abrogated 1997 Constitution, Sir Paul Reeves will be leading a Commonwealth delegation to the country to have talks with Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, says Commonwealth spokesman Eduardo del Buey.

In an official statement, Buey said, "In keeping with the spirit of sustained engagement towards the goal of restoration of constitutional democracy in member states that are suspended from the councils of the Commonwealth, enjoined by the Millbrook Action Programme and consistently advocated by CMAG, the Secretary-General conveyed an immediate and positive response to the Fiji Interim Government, proposing that a delegation led by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Fiji, Sir Paul Reeves, visit Suva on specific dates in August."

"As these dates were not convenient to the Fiji Interim Government, the latter proposed rescheduling the visit to 29 August 2009. The Commonwealth Secretariat has conveyed to the Government of Fiji that it is not in a position to accept this particular date."

"The Secretary-General has, however, reiterated his readiness to maintain engagement with the Fiji regime at a mutually convenient time."

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