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More success for PM, Fiji

MAIKA BOLATIKI Deputy Editor/News Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama returns in regional triumph from Papua New Guinea today. The fading Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and its masters in Canberra and
22 Nov 2012 09:26

MAIKA BOLATIKI
Deputy Editor/News

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama returns in regional triumph from Papua New Guinea today.
The fading Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and its masters in Canberra and Wellington have suffered another blow.
Fiji was not only strongly embraced as a key member of the Pacific ACP (African, Caribbean, Pacific) group in yesterday’s meeting in Port Moresby.
Efforts by the Forum Secretariat to prevent Fiji taking its rightful place in the meeting from its outset were rebuffed.
Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill then stepped forward to offer to provide and host a new Pacific ACP Secretariat, effectively sidelining the Forum Secretariat’s role in this.
The complete separation of the 14-nation Pacific ACP group from the Pacific Islands Forum is underway.
It continues the downward slide in the status and role of the Forum and its Forum Secretariat since Fiji was foolishly suspended.
This continuing suspension has been driven by Australia and New Zealand. They seem blind to the fact their domination of the Pacific Islands Forum has become a growing irritation in key Pacific Islands capitals.
Meanwhile, the success of Fiji and Commodore Bainimarama in the region continues.
The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) is growing. It has become increasingly influential under Commodore Bainimarama’s leadership as chairperson. The region’s biggest nations and economies – Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu – are driving this.
The Engaging With The Pacific meetings Commodore Bainimarama has led and Fiji has hosted have also grown successfully.
Now they have evolved into the even bigger Pacific Islands Development Forum at the request of the leaders who have attended them.
In Port Moresby, Fiji and Commodore Bainimarama scored another success.
Fiji’s role in the region and Commodore Bainimarama’s place as a leader are stronger than ever.




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