Since 2010, operations across the Pacific have resulted in the seizure of over 1.3 tonnes of cocaine either confirmed or believed to have been bound for international lucrative markets with transit points through Fiji and other Pacific Island States.
The French Permanent Secretary for the Pacific and Permanent Representative to the SPC Christian Lechervy was today briefed about the special place of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) in the region’s architecture, the role of development partners and the upcoming 21st Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP21) which will take place in Paris.
Fiji’s Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has been extended an invitation by his Papua New Guinea counterpart, Peter O’Neill, to attend a special Pacific ACP Leaders meeting in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea next month.
The special meeting follows a PACP leaders meeting in the Cook Islands in August where the Forum reaffirmed its stance to maintain Fiji’s suspension from the group.
Speaking to Fiji media during a visit to the Grand Pacific Hotel construction site today, O’Neill said the meeting which will be attended by the other 16 leaders of the Pacific is to try to re-engage Fiji with the rest of the Pacific outside the Forum process.
The date of the meeting has not been decided yet as O’Neill says he would need to consult the chairman of the Pacific Islands Forum, the Prime Minister of Cook Islands today on a date that is convenient for all Pacific Island leaders.
“All in all the aim is to try and re-engage with Fiji,” O’Neill said.
“Many of Fijians know that PNG is a very strong supporter of Fiji. We are trying to pursue an avenue where Fiji is more engaged with many of our neighbours and I think that is starting to pay some results for us.
“We can see that countries like Australia, New Zealand and other countries in the region are starting to engage with Fiji.”
O’Neill said the sooner Fiji returns to more engagements with the rest of the Pacific “the better it is to everyone.”
The PNG prime minister arrived in Fiji Friday for discussions with Bainimarama with the hope of strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.
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