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Fiji Bids For UNGA Presidency

Fiji Bids For UNGA Presidency
Ambassador Peter Thomson.
October 02
10:30 2015

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has named Ambassador Peter Thomson as Fiji’s candidate for the president of the 71st United Nations General Assembly.

He made the announcement when delivering his statement at the 70th UNGA in New York on yesterday.

“We believe the time has come for the Pacific Islands to provide the Assembly’s President, and we have put forward a candidate for the Assembly’s 71st Session. Our candidate, duly submitted to the Asia-Pacific Group, is currently Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Peter Thomson,” he said.

He said Mr Thomson was a seasoned diplomat who had demonstrated extraordinary leadership in service to the United Nations.

Mr Bainimarama said Fiji looked to the friends of the Pacific Islands in New York at the UN to give their support for Fiji’s candidate for the President of the Assembly’s 71st Session.

He said Fiji committed fully to the work of the UN during their stewardship of the 70th session of the General Assembly.

“I pledge to you our full support and co-operation as you carry out the responsibilities that lie before you.”

This body, he said, held the promise of elevating human beings from poverty and degradation to health and hope, from conflict and fear to peace, and from an effort to tame our environment to a commitment to live in harmony with it.

He said Fiji would be with them this year, and it would be with their fellow nations until it realised that promise.

Meanwhile the government of the Republic of Cyprus has nominated Ambassador Andreas D. Mavroyiannis, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus and former deputy minister for European Affairs as its candidate for the post of President of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly.



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