15 Aug 2011

Commission member says Sir Paul Reeves helped reconcile hopelessly divided Fiji

5:58 pm on 15 August 2011

One of the architects of Fiji's 1997 Constitution says Sir Paul Reeves was deeply disappointed and frustrated by events in Fiji after the regime annulled the document.

Brij Lal was a member of the Constitutional Review Commission which Sir Paul chaired.

Mr Lal says he's shocked and saddened by Sir Paul's death at the weekend.

"He was a man of grace and gravitas of compassion and conviction and his greatest achievement was to bring about a process of reconciliation in a Fiji that was hopelessly divided."

Brij Lal says Sir Paul hadn't given up on his work in Fiji and remained hopeful the Commission's work would not be forgotten.