23 May 2002

Fiji appoints new High Commissioners to Britain and Papua New Guinea

7:44 am on 23 May 2002

Fiji has appointed two ministers in the former interim administration who failed to win their seats in the general election as high commissioners to Britain and Papua New Guinea.

Bau chief, Ratu Tuakitau Cokanauto will be the new high commissioner in London, a post which has been vacant for several months.

And the former leader of the SVT Party, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, has been appointed high commissioner to Papua New Guinea.

A statement from the ministry of foreign affairs says diplomatic clearance from the governments concerned would be sought before the appointments can be effected.

Earlier the British Foreign Office turned down the names of two proposed high commissioners because of their alleged involvement with the May 2000 coup.

Meanwile, another former minister who lost the general election, Ratu Tevita Momoedonu, will become Fiji's ambassador to Japan in August.