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Maritime Agreement Signed

Maritime Agreement Signed
Shishant Deo Singh (middle) with (from left), father Padam Singh, class teacher Pritika Sharma, mother Shirly Singh and sister Jyotika Varsha and her baby Evaan at the prizegiving ceremony on November 21, 2018. Photo: Swashna Chand
September 17
11:21 2015

An agreement to define the maritime boundaries between Fiji, Tuvalu and France was signed in Suva yesterday.

Fiji’s Roving Ambassador Litia Mawi said the agreement was part of a trilateral meeting which convened in London in November last year between the three countries.

“Fiji believes that it is in her interest that all maritime boundaries she shares with her neighboring island states are determined and mutually agreed through respectful dialogue and peaceful negotiation,” Mrs Mawi said.

“The signing today not only illustrates the successful negotiation in London but more importantly conveys the core message that dialogue is critical particularly in maritime delimitation where sensitive questions of state sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction are always put into question.

“It is through dialogue and negotiation that our three countries can declare today that we have concluded highly technical and complex negotiations in accordance with the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to which Fiji was the first signatory.”

Tuvaluan Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga said the finalisation of the three government’s maritime boundaries provided an effective management and governance of our ocean resources within each of our areas of jurisdiction.

“Today’s signing event with France and other related process with Fiji demonstrates the successful spirit of cooperation and commitment from our countries,” Mr Sopoaga said.

Meanwhile, the French Ambassador to Fiji Michel Djokovic said, “The documents we are signing today represent not only an act of sovereignty but also hopefully a strong will to preserve the ocean resources from over exploitation and illegal trafficking, and a move towards a sustainable exploitation of its natural resources.”



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