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Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama met today [Friday 26 September, New York] with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the General Debate of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, where the Prime Minister will deliver Fiji’s national statement tomorrow.

The Secretary General congratulated the Prime Minister on his victory in Fiji’s recent general election. Mr Ban also congratulated Fiji for the free, fair and democratic manner in which the election was conducted.

The Secretary General said that he has no doubt that the democratic process will restore confidence that Fiji has a strong economic future ahead of it. Mr. Ban added that he hopes Prime Minister Bainimarama and Fiji will continue to play a leadership role in regional development, particularly as the world moves toward the challenges of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

The Prime Minister said that when he met the Secretary General one year ago in New York, he made a promise that Fiji would have free and fair elections in 12 months time. In his meeting with Mr. Ban today, he informed the Secretary General that Fiji has faithfully delivered on that promise.

The Prime Minister referred to the excellent job done by the 92-member Multi-national Observer Group – co-led by Australia, Indonesia and India – that monitored the election. He said the election was conducted in accordance with the Fijian Constitution, which establishes a common and equal citizenry,

The Prime Minister said he will reaffirm his Government’s intention to be inclusive and promote the rights and aspirations of all Fijians in his national statement to the UN General Assembly tomorrow.

The Secretary General thanked Fiji and the Fijian people for their commitment to UN peacekeeping. He expressed his deep admiration for the bravery of the Fijian peacekeepers, who had performed so well in the UNDOF Mission in the Middle East, especially during the recent hostage crisis.

The Prime Minister said that UN peacekeeping will remain at the core of Fiji’s foreign policy so that Fiji can continue to serve the global community by helping to bring peace and security to troubled areas around the world. He assured the Secretary General of Fiji’s “100 per cent” commitment to the ongoing integrity of UNDOF.

Prime Minister Bainimarama Updates UN Head on Fiji’s Electoral Reforms

Fijian Prime Minister Josaia V. Bainimarama met today with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-moon at UN Headquarters.

The Prime Minister congratulated the Secretary-General for his outstanding contribution to achieving the Security Council’s 27 September consensus resolution on Syria.

Presenting the Secretary-General with a copy of Fiji’s Constitution adopted on 6 September 2013, Prime Minister Bainimarama explained to the Secretary-General the key provisions of the Constitution, and the steps that are now being taken towards holding elections before the end of September 2014. “After all the efforts we have put into preparing the ground for these elections, we cannot afford to have anything but a credible and transparent election. We must and will ensure that we have credible elections”, explained the Prime Minister to the Secretary-General.

PM Bainimarama presents the United Nations Secretary General , His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-moon with a copy of the 2013 FIJI CONSTITUTION

The Secretary-General thanked Prime Minister Bainimarama for the speedy and expeditious deployment to UNDOF in the Golan Heights. He said this deployment was especially appreciated as it came

at a time of great need for UNDOF. He expressed his hope that the Fijian personnel were adjusting well to the situation in UNDOF.

The Secretary-General also congratulated Prime Minister Bainimarama for Fiji’s 2013 Chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China, which he said had been run in a very effective and disciplined manner, receiving widespread support and respect in the UN community. The Secretary-General further said that G77 support was crucial to United Nations progress on economic and social issues, and he asked that the G77 through Fiji’s Chairmanship remain closely engaged in the process to agree on Sustainable Development Goals and the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda.

The Secretary-General and the Prime Minister discussed the importance of the development agenda of the UN as being paramount for the long term interest of the global community. The Secretary-G

eneral stressed efforts needed to elaborate a post-2015 development agenda that is best suited to address t

he challenges of ending hunger and poverty, and creating better standards of living around the world.