Fiji's interim prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has met representatives from the European Commission in Brussels.
During his meeting he told the EC reps that his regime is committed to:
- upholding the rule of law
- strengthening the judiciary
- respecting human rights and democratic principles
In a statement, Bainimarama described the meeting as fruitful and constructive.
"Government believes that this informal meeting can now be taken to another level leading to the resumption of formal “consultations”, an objective of which is to review the Agreement signed in October 2007 between the European Union and Fiji on the political situation in Fiji."
Bainimarama briefed officials from the EC on the programs of institutional, judicial, constitutional and electoral reforms that are in place to begin in 2010 and in subsequent years and the reasons necessitating these reforms.
"The EC acknowledged the immense spectrum of work to be undertaken by the Government in the areas of reforms itemized above and look forward to the resumption of the consultation process to discuss and identify where and how it can constructively engage in the reform agenda highlighted by Government in the next five years," he said in a statement.
According to the statement, the two sides also discussed issues pertaining to the Strategic Framework for Change, the National Dialogue Forum and the Public Emergency Regulation.
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