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Fiji Backs UN Crime Fight

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, met with the director-general of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedetov, in Suva on Wednesday. In welcoming
24 Oct 2014 09:26
Fiji Backs UN Crime Fight
Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, met with the director-general of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedetov, in Suva on Wednesday.

In welcoming Mr Fedetov, Ratu Inoke assured him that “Fiji supports the integrated and realistic approach of your organisation in combatting these threats as we believe they cannot be tackled in isolation.

This is especially true in the 21st century when these transnational challenges are becoming widely recognised as threats without barriers since they affect individuals and nations alike.”

Ratu Inoke also informed Mr Fedetov that Fiji looked forward to strengthening its collaboration with UNODC over the coming years.

This included tackling drug trafficking in the Pacific, especially through improved monitoring of container vessels, an avenue that has been used in the past in trafficking drugs through Fiji’s ports.

During his courtesy call on Ratu Inoke, Mr Fedetov congratulated Fiji on the successful national elections concluded last month.

In particular, Mr Fedetov expressed UNODC’s satisfaction with the opening of Fiji’s new overseas mission in Geneva, Switzerland, which will be accredited to the UNODC.

He further welcomed the steps taken by the Fijian Government in aligning its national laws to international instruments on drugs, corruption and crime.

This in which he views as positive and will facilitate Fiji’s ratification of the Palermo Convention on Transnational Crimes and other related international instruments.

The headquarters for UNODC is located in Vienna.

UNODC is mandated to assist member states in battling illicit drugs, international crime and terrorism. Fiji will strengthen its relations with UNODC through UNODC’s regional office based in Suva.

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