8 Mar 2012

High-level Commonwealth delegation in Fiji

5:28 am on 8 March 2012

The Commonwealth's Deputy Secretary-General Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba has commenced a three-day visit to Fiji, leading a four-member team from the Commonwealth Secretariat.

The delegation will meet with senior members of the interim government, non-government interlocutors, and representatives of the international community.

Mrs Masire-Mwamba says she will discuss with the interim government and others on how the Commonwealth can best continue to encourage and support the restoration of democracy there, so that Fiji can return to full membership in the Commonwealth.

Fiji was fully suspended from the Commonwealth in September 2009 by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group.

At the same time, CMAG has consistently encouraged the Secretary-General to remain engaged with Fiji with a view to assisting in the restoration of full respect for democracy, human rights and the rule of law.