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 .
From FIJI SUN
Thu 13 Jun 2013