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Justice Langa To Revisit Fiji

Issue No: 376 14 January 2001

The Special Envoy of the Commonwealth, Justice Pius Langa will be making
his second visit to Fiji coming week.

Justice Langa had visited Fiji in early December and met with the regime
ministers, the representatives of the elected government, and ngos. It is
understood that the followup visit is intended collect more material to
finalise his report to the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG).
The CMAG meets again in March and Fiji is expected to be on top of its
agenda.

In September, the CMAG had decided to "appoint a Special Envoy who would
act as a facilitator to accelerate the restoration of democracy and to
promote national unity in Fiji".

While Justice Langa's report is expected to form the basis of the CMAG's
discussion, so far the regime has continued to stick to its road map that
was firmly rejected by the CMAG. Whether Justice Langa manages to get the
regime to change its stand now is still to be seen.

END

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