Fiji’s PIFS suspension traumatic SG

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation:

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Tuiloma Neroni Slade says the suspension of Fiji from the 16 member group was a ‘traumatic’ experience for member countries.

Slade said suspending a member has never happened before and he hopes it will never happen again. Fiji has been suspended from the Forum since 2009 following the coup of December 2006.

According to a PACNEWS reports Slade said that the leaders need to finalise the situation and come to a proper political decision on the matter during this Leaders gathering in Palau. Slade, who completes his six year term in office in October this year, is optimistic the decision by the Leaders this week ‘will return the region to normality’ and ‘restore Fiji back to its legitimate place in regional affairs.’

He hopes that the region will ‘learn and build on the experience’ from Fiji’s suspension.

Slade said the desired outcome would be the lifting of Fiji’s participation in Forum meetings and other activities and for full engagement and normalisation of the situation.

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