|ENVOY: Reeves with Commonwealth Secretary General, Kamlesh Sharma.|
The former governor general of New Zealand who was involved in trying to resolve the political crisis in Fiji after its coups has died of cancer.
Sir Paul Reeves was one of the architects of the amended 1997 Constitution and was instrumental in getting Fiji reinstated into the Commonwealth in the late 90s, although it has since been suspended by the illegal regime.
|In Auckland in 2009 with Fiji community.|
He chaired the Fiji Constitution Review Commission in 1995 and 1997 and in recent years was still involved in trying to resolve the political crisis in Fiji.
Reeves was the special envoy for the Commonwealth and made a number of trips to Fiji to try and negotiate a return to democracy.
|In Auckland last year with Jai Reddy.|
In recent years, he said the political environment in Suva under the helm of Voreqe Bainimarama was different and difficult.
One of his last appearances in the world of Fiji politics was at the launch last year of the book on Jai Ram Reddy (Eye of the Storm) in Auckland .
Reeves said he disagreed with the direction Fiji was being taken, noting that: " ... sometime soon, fundamental and far reaching decisions will have to be made about Fiji’s Constitution, the whole issue of freedoms and responsibilities and about the way in which the country conducts its affairs."
Editor's Note: Reeves revealed several weeks he had cancer and died in Auckland this morning. His death was announced by his family a short time ago.