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By MAIKA BOLATIKI
Papua New Guinea (PNG) is ready to help Fiji return to democracy.
This message was relayed to Fiji’s High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Romanu Tikotikoca on Thursday when he presented his credentials to the Governor-General of PNG, Sir Michael Ogio.
In accepting Mr Tikotikoca’s credentials, Sir Michael said during the last Forum Ministerial Contact Group visit to Fiji in May, it was encouraging to note Fiji’s positive progress towards preparations on the return to constitutional and parliamentary democracy through the roadmap for rebuilding Fiji.
The timetable, he said, had been followed through diligently with adequate election preparations and the commencement of the planned consultation on Fiji’s new Constitution for adoption in 2013 and the final stage of holding elections by 2014.
This, he said, demonstrated Fiji’s commitments towards returning to parliamentary democracy.
“PNG stands ready to offer necessary assistance towards Fiji to return to democracy. We believe in the fundamental values and the principles of democracy, mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, human dignity and development aspirations that aim to enhance the interests and wellbeing of their respective citizens. The fundamental principles of democracy are important mechanisms that are found through the institutions of democracy.”
Sir Michael said despite the political climate of Fiji, investments from both countries continued to show evidence of increasing and flourishing business activities of both countries.
Sir Michael said the recent launch of the electronic voter registration (EVR) and the commencement of constitutional consultations process in Fiji, confirm Government’s commitment to the achievement of a fundamental reform of democratic and Government institutions in Fiji.