23 Apr 2007

UN team on fact finding mission to Fiji

6:22 am on 23 April 2007

The United Nations secretary general has sent a fact finding mission to Fiji to make a first hand assessment of the situation in the country after the December military takeover.

Ban Ki Moon has sent the team in response to concerns in the Security Council about the situation in Fiji, its call for a peaceful resolution and the restoration of democracy.

The mission will meet the interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, and his ministers, representatives of all political parties and civil society as well as resident diplomats.

The fact finding mission will report its findings and recommendations to the secretary general.

The head of the interim Prime Minister's Office, Pramesh Chand, is quoted as saying the UN has a very strong stance on peace building and human rights and Fiji will be delighted with whatever help they can provide.