Australia welcomes lifting of Public Emergency Regulations in Fiji
- Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Martin Ferguson AM MP
- Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, The Hon Richard Marles MP
2 January 2012
The Australian Government welcomes the announcement by Commodore Bainimarama that the Public Emergency Regulations (PERs) in Fiji will be lifted from 7 January 2012.
Australia has been calling for the lifting of the Regulations as one of the necessary steps towards the holding of free and fair elections in Fiji.
“Australia has consistently said that we are ready to provide support for elections, once the interim government takes credible and concrete steps to restore democracy. The lifting of the PERs is a step in the right direction,” said Acting Foreign Minister, Martin Ferguson AM MP.
It has also been announced that a consultation process on a new Constitution will commence in February 2012.
“Australia hopes that this process will involve a genuine, inclusive political dialogue between all the stakeholders, without predetermined outcomes, as called for by the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders,” said Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Richard Marles MP.
Australia, together with other members of the Pacific region and the international community, wants to see real improvements in the rights and freedoms of all the people of Fiji.
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