27 Aug 2012

Fiji's Engaging the Pacific calls for the region to block vote at the UN

3:26 pm on 27 August 2012

Pacific Island leaders meeting in Fiji last week have stressed the importance of having a united voice at the UN.

Representatives of 14 Pacific Island countries met in Nadi last week as part of the Fiji-led Engaging with the Pacific series of meetings.

The group including leaders of Fiji, Nauru, Marshall Islands and Tuvalu, noted the challenges faced by Pacific small island developing states in addressing common interests through existing groupings.

In a communique, they also recognized the need to consider acting as a voting block at the United Nations.

The countries also want to strengthen partnerships among the small island developing states in the region through closer cooperation in areas of common interest.