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PNG backs Fiji strongly

By MAIKA BOLATIKI Reporting from Port Moresby The Commonwealth Secretariat has been told of the Government of Papua New Guinea’s support for Fiji. This was confirmed to the Fiji Sun
16 Apr 2013 11:39

Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama was accorded a full Papua New Guinea Defence Force guard of honour when he arrived yesterday at Jackson’s International Airport, Papua New Guinea. Brigadier-General Francis Agwi, Commander of the PNG Defence Force (left),welcoming the Prime Minister. More on Page 3. Photo: Courtesy of MINISTRY OF INFORMATION

By MAIKA BOLATIKI
Reporting from
Port Moresby

The Commonwealth Secretariat has been told of the Government of Papua New Guinea’s support for Fiji.
This was confirmed to the Fiji Sun at the Airways Hotel yesterday by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.
Ratu Inoke’s counterpart in PNG Rimbink Pato confirmed that PNG’s Prime  Minister Peter O’Neill, during his meeting with a top senior official of the Commonwealth Secretariat  yesterday relayed the message.
“Mr Pato told me today that PM O’Neill had relayed PNG’s support for Fiji’s Roadmap to Democracy to the top Commonwealth Secretariat delegate visiting PNG,” Rau Inoke said.
Ratu Inoke also confirmed of his meeting with Mr Pato at Airways Hotel on Sunday.
Speaking to the Fiji Sun at Jackson’s International Airport after the guard of honour parade accorded to the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, the PNG’s Minister for Foreign Affairs said that in his meeting with Ratu Inoke he reaffirmed PNG’s support for Fiji’s Roadmap to Democracy.
“PNG supports Fiji’s Roadmap to Democracy and all we want is a proper return to democratic elections in 2014,” Mr Pato said.
He said PNG was ready to offer help for the elections in 2014.
When asked about the draft constitution, Mr Pato said the government of PNG had nothing to do with the draft and it was Fiji’s prerogative.
He said he had heard of what overseas governments were saying about Fiji’s return to democracy, however he said they should not ever try interfere with the roadmap.
“Fiji’s Roadmap to Democracy suits their country and no other country should try to have a say in it.”
He said he was glad the Prime Minister Commodore Bainimarama was an able leader and had been very firm in making sure that Fiji’s return to democratic elections was on course.
“It’s on course and I congratulate him for that.”
Ratu Inoke said PNG and Fiji’s relationship had continued to grow stronger and stronger.
He said the Prime Minister’s state visit had come at a right time especially when Fiji was preparing for the 2014 elections.



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