Ratu Inoke: Our PIF Stand

Fiji has urged Korea to recognise the position Fiji has taken towards the Pacific Island Forum. Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, who is attending the second Pacific Small
25 Nov 2014 09:37
Ratu Inoke: Our PIF Stand
From left: South Korean Foreign Affairs Minister Yun Byung-Se with Fijian counterpart Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.

Fiji has urged Korea to recognise the position Fiji has taken towards the Pacific Island Forum.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, who is attending the second Pacific Small Islands Developing States (PSIDS) foreign ministers meeting with Korea in Seoul, said new relationships needed to be forged.

“Fiji insists that the Republic of Korea will do well to recognise Fiji’s position on the current Pacific regional architecture in that it considers the Pacific Island Forum to be no longer relevant to its development interest unless its structure and systems including membership are reformed,” Ratu Inoke said.

He delivered the congratulatory remarks during the meeting on behalf of other Pacific Island nations.

He said,“The Pacific Small Island Developing States need genuine friends and development partners.We need it most now because our issues and challenges are immense to the extent that they are subject of international political discourse, and covered in special dialogue sessions of the United Nations.

“In most discourses, a consensus that is emerging is that solutions must be pragmatic and based on genuine partnerships and cooperation.”

He said Korea and PSIDS’s co-opretation needed to be flexible to cater for a variety of engagement formalities and, “not limited to traditional approaches because of its obvious limitations and strong political slant”.

“The Republic of Korea offers for us in PSIDs a real lifeline.”

Ratu Inoke said Korea’s focus on co-operation and working together for “co-prosperity outcome is heartening.

“…Particularly at a time when globalisation is driving bigger nations to display foreign policies that are more divisive based on political conditionality and has little regard for smaller vulnerable nations.”

Ratu Inoke in Korea

Delegates from Pacific Small Islands Development States are engaged in talks with the Republic of Korea to further strengthen relationships.

Representing Fiji is Ratu Inoke who will be in Seoul until tomorrow.

The meeting will review the progress made in co-operation between the two countries since their first meeting in Busan in 2011. It will also address ways to strengthen relations in both bilateral and multilateral agendas.

Ratu Inoke will meet Republic of Korea Foreign Minister, Yun Byung-se for bilateral talks.

He will also pay a courtesy call on Republic of Korea Head of State and President, Park Geun-hye.

Under the theme of ‘Building Inclusive and Enduring Pacific Partnership for Co-Prosperity’, Ratu Inoke will engage in discussions on building closer friendship and co-operation between PSIDs and Korea in areas of mutual interests including development, climate change, and marine and fisheries affairs.

The session on development co-operation is expected to cover bilateral development co-operation and partnerships.

The agenda of the session on climate change will cover the new, post-2020 climate regime, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the World Water Forum 2015.

The session on maritime and fishery co-operation will deal with fishery co-operation, deep-sea mineral reserves, ocean thermal energy conversion and other new and renewable energy sources and co-operation on marine scientific research.




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