Burkina Faso and Fiji Establish Diplomatic Relations
The Government of Burkina Faso and the Republic of Fiji formalised diplomatic relations at a ceremony at the Fiji Mission to the United Nations in New York on 22 November 2013. The Permanent Representative of Burkina Faso to the United Nations, Ambassador Der Kogda and his Fijian counterpart, Ambassador Peter Thomson, signed the joint communiqué establishing diplomatic relations between the two States.
The communiqué expresses the desire of Fiji and Burkina Faso to establish their diplomatic relations in accordance with the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, guided by the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter and international law. Particular attention is given to respect and promotion of international peace and security, equality among States, due respect for national sovereignty, territorial integrity and non-interference in the internal affairs of other States.
The communiqué calls for the promotion of mutual understanding and the strengthening of friendship and cooperation between Burkina Faso and Fiji in political, economic, humanitarian and other fields.
Following the formalisation ceremony, Ambassadors Kogda and Thomson held talks on areas of common interest between their two countries, including issues currently facing the Group of 77 and China at the United Nations. They discussed climate change issues, with particular reference to the current UNFCCC negotiations in Warsaw. They recognized that climate change’s effects of desertification and land degradation adversely affect Sahelian States such as Burkina Faso, while rising sea levels and intensification of weather patterns affect Pacific Island countries like Fiji. In concluding the meeting, the Ambassadors assured each other of the mutual support of their Missions in the furtherance of common causes in multilateral affairs.