NAM links growing for Fiji

SUVA, Fiji --- Fiji is growing closer to the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) compared to its historical links to the Commonwealth.

This was the reply by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation when asked by a Russian journalist whether he considered Fiji closer to the Non-Aligned Movement or the Commonwealth?

Elaborating on his reply to Pavel Vanichkin of ITAR-TASS news agency Ratu Inoke said membership in the NAM had provided Fiji with the opportunity to engage with its new non-traditional partners.  “Fiji’s concomitance with NAM further supports Fiji’s Look North Policy which involves developing relationships with countries outside the Southern Pacific sphere,” Ratu Inoke said.

Ratu Inoke said NAM provided a form of protection some other forums lacked. “It ensure that the national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of non-aligned countries in their struggle against imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism and racism. Therefore I would say that in terms of forging closer relationship with its non-traditional partners, Fiji is closer to NAM in this context.”

The other question posed by the Russian news agency was – What were Fiji’s priorities and interests on a global scale?

In response to this, Ratu Inoke said Fiji’s priorities and main interests on the global scale were aligned to its national goals. Fiji had developed a structured dossier called the Roadmap for Democracy and Sustainable Socio-Economic Development as well as Fiji’s Look North Policy.

He said Fiji aimed to enhance its global integration and international relations with its existing partners as well as developing new alliances with its new countries under its Look North Policy.
Ratu Inoke said Fiji aimed to ensure that its economic development, socio-cultural development and overall social development was improved. As such Fiji’s priorities at the global scale included:
Providing effective and efficient leadership in the United Nation for the G77 plus China Group; Providing effective leadership and support to all UN development initiatives especially the following fields: Peacekeeping; Climate Change and Adaptation; Deep Sea Mining under UNCLOS etc; *Striving to be an independent sovereign state and working hard to uphold the Charter of the UN and seek to establish diplomatic relations with all UN member countries .

Thu 13 Jun 2013


Anonymous said…
Oh please, vapid stupid stuff.
Anonymous said…
Yes, Anon, how galling it must be for the "old guard" like you - and doubtless other anti-regime types too - that Fiji has forged an alternative path that renders you irrelevant. Welcome to the New Order.
Self evident said…
What kind and type of 'protection' are we talking about? The Duty to Protect exists in international law and must be applied no matter which forum we are in (or out)of. By all means be friends and allies with as many as possible but, it would be a mega mistake to have China as an add-on? And a further big mistake to "cut friend" with the Israelis. How ridiculously insufficient! We'll need to be much more adroit than that in the current situation. Particularly if the Golan Heights beckon. We need to protect our own, first and foremost.
Gatekeeper said…
Gallingly obvious that in any New Order no one must be deemed to be irrelevant. In a population of just over 800,000 which is miniscule (by world standards)has lost a greater part of its educated, experienced workforce over the past twenty or so years along with many of its internal investors, every person must be prepared to work like hell to restore and repair: regardless of their station. A country which has been in every sense of the word raped; violated even. So, carping viciousness is utterly misplaced. It is noteworthy that the term 'regime' is used. Because it will take more than a 'regime' to pull together the threads to rebuild Fiji. A higher form of architecture. Freedom will need to be the adhesive. The Glue of Liberty.
Anonymous said…
Well, come elections, and if it is not rigged, and those parties who hold Commonwealth values, win, all these nonsense will change and Ratu Inoke Kubuabola will be looking for a new job.
Anonymous said…
smoky kitchen boy will always have a job cooking . master chef of deceit.
Anonymous said…
If so, the Duty to Protect has relevance only to the heat of the fire and opacity of the smoke. Not relevant to the sous-chef or kitchen hands. It appears so from both senior and junior points-de-vue and from recorded numbers of suicides and those attempting a way out of the suffocating smoke. The numbers increase monthly. But we have been here before - twelve years ago. Desperately poor people found hanging from trees not far away. A new version of genocide or IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons): definitively despatched to a Higher Plane. May God in His infinite mercy have pity upon them and upon those who must observe in confusion and without a source of hope.
Anonymous said…
looks like croz has shuffled off this coil. nothing here. will qorvis fund a state funeral?
Anonymous said…

Does Labour leader Mahendra Chaudhry agree with his Sydney-based son and onetime political heir apparent’s embarrassing attacks on one faith?
We were under the impression that Labour was promoting multiculturalism.
Is the suspended Suva lawyer still in “The Master’s” party?

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