28 Sep 2010

Bainimarama tells UN Fiji wants to be good global citizen

1:13 pm on 28 September 2010

Fiji's interim Prime Minister has told the UN General Assembly the country wants to be a good global citizen.

Fiji has been suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum and the Commonwealth since last year, over the regime's refusal to hold elections.

Commodore Frank Bainimarama says over the past year Fiji has formalised diplomatic relations with many countries with which no ties previously existed, and, sought membership of the Non-Aligned Movement.

"We must work in collaboration with all Member States with the aim of sustainable world peace, substantive justice, and respect for all....We cannot achieve these objectives, nor have actual implementation of these noble principles, if we simply fall into predetermined political spheres of influence."

However, Commodore Bainimarama used his speech to the meeting in New York to pledge assistance to increase representation of the Pacific Island countries in the UN system.