World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Pacific ACP Leaders' decision respectful of Forum position

Pacific ACP Leaders' decision respectful of Forum position


24th November 2012

Cook Islands Prime Minister, Honourable Henry Puna, says this week’s decision to engage Fiji more fully into the Pacific ACP group was taken out of the Leaders’ respect for the Pacific Islands Forum and the Forum Leaders’ decisions taken in 2009 to suspend Fiji’s participation in Forum meetings and events.
“I commend and thank my fellow Leaders for their considered attention and decisions on Fiji’s participation in Pacific ACP meetings,” said Puna, the Pacific Islands Forum Chair and Chair of the Special Pacific ACP Leaders Meeting.
“But underscoring this decision was our collective respect for the Forum’s 2009 decision, which remains intact and subject to its own process.”

The Pacific ACP Leaders accomplished a way of engaging Fiji and embracing it into the family fold of this Pacific gathering, he explained. The ability of Fiji to participate in PACP Meetings at all levels was addressed by the endorsement of an initiative by Papua New Guinea to establish an interim secretariat. This interim secretariat arrangement will service Pacific ACP Leaders’ Meetings while the Forum Secretariat is to continue to meet its Forum obligations to assist PACP members with the ongoing trade-related negotiations with the EU. These include the present EPA rounds and the EDF considerations.

“The Pacific came together as a family and dealt with an important issue

Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama attended the one day Special Pacific ACP Leaders Meeting, hosted by PNG Prime Minister O’Neill and chaired by Prime Minister Puna.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Haiti: $5 Million To Kick-Start Aid In Wake Of Hurricane Matthew

UN emergency fund allocates $5 million to kick-start assistance in wake of Hurricane Matthew More>>


Not Helen Clark: António Guterres Favourite For Next UN Secretary-General

Former Portuguese Prime Minister António Guterres has emerged as the clear favourite to become the next United Nations Secretary-General following the sixth secret ballot held today by the UN Security Council, which is expected to take a formal decision tomorrow and forward Mr. Guterres’ name to the 193-Member General Assembly for final confirmation. More>>


Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news