(G) Government Statement on Deferment of MSG Plus Meeting
(MONDAY 12TH JULY, 2010 No:1007 /MFA) GOVERNMENT STATEMENT ON MSG SUMMIT
The Government of Fiji is disappointed with the Chair of the MSG’s call to defer the Summit so late in our preparation and without exhausting all the political options and avenues available to him to resolve the so-called “impasse within the grouping over the Chairmanship of the MSG”.
To our knowledge only Vanuatu has an issue with Fiji hosting the MSG Summit with both the Prime Ministers of PNG and the Solomon Islands writing to the Chair last week seeking his understanding and support for Fiji to host and chair the MSG Summit.
And that understanding was based on the Melanesian custom of deferring to your host when entering his/her village or bure.
The Chair’s suggestion for him to chair the meeting hosted by Fiji sought to dispossess our Prime Minister of his role and responsibilities of hosting in his own country. It is therefore ironic that the Chair would quote Melanesian values and traditional practices when offering support to Fiji in his press statement.
Fiji hopes that the Chair would consider Prime Minister Bainimarama’s suggestion conveyed via his letter of 8 July to convene as early as next week the “Special Meeting of MSG Leaders” to resolve the Chairmanship issue.
This is an important issue for the MSG region and it is important that the Chair will not delay its discussion unnecessarily.
Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Int. Cooperation & Civil Aviation
12 July 2010