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Forau says cooperation, unity, respectability foremost for region

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, March 27, 2012) – Poor and bad governance must be done away with and sloppy and substandard work should not be accepted.

These were the words of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) director general Peter Forau at the opening of the special Foreign Affairs ministers meeting yesterday.

He said the success of the MSG depended on members and how far they were prepared to work with the MSG to further their own interests.

"It is possible the MSG cooperation can be successful and there can be value addition for the members from this cooperation," he said.

[PIR editor’s note: The 2012 MSG meeting will allegedly affect at least nine million people spread across the Western Pacific, including MSG states and New Caledonia, according to statements heard at the meeting.]

Speaking to the Foreign Affairs ministers and MSG delegates, Mr. Forau said the agenda covered issues relating to the promotion of the purpose of the MSG in terms of promoting inter MSG trade, cultural exchange, social and economic development and strengthen governance and security.

"This purpose identifies the main areas that underpin MSG co-operation, but this is an ongoing process that takes time to generate the expected results," he said.

Mr. Forau said together the MSG member countries could be successful and create opportunities for social and economic prosperity for all citizens of the region.

"We must get the fundamentals right, we must remain united and we must have a credible and respected organization and aim for nothing but the best," he said.

Mr. Forau said the Foreign Ministers meeting was a key decision making body of the MSG and their decisions affected the co-operation of the MSG, carrying a high degree of importance.

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