16 Apr 2012

Commonwealth heads to discuss Fiji

6:23 am on 16 April 2012

The situation in Fiji will be on the table when the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group meets in London overnight.

Fiji was fully suspended from the Commonwealth in September 2009 by the Group.

At the same time, CMAG has consistently encouraged the Secretary-General to remain engaged with Fiji with a view to assisting in the restoration of full respect for democracy, human rights and the rule of law

Last month, the Deputy Secretary-General Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba was in Fiji on a three day visit.

During her trip, she met with senior members of the interim government, non-government interlocutors, and representatives of the international community.

The CMAG members attending today's meeting are Australia, Vanuatu, Bangladesh, Canada, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Sierra Leone and Tanzania.

The situation in the Maldives will also be discussed at today's gathering.