Cyprus and Fiji Establish Diplomatic Relations
The Republic of Cyprus and the Republic of Fiji formalised diplomatic relations at a ceremony at the Fiji Mission to the United Nations in New York on 15th March, 2013. The Permanent Representative of the Cyprus to the United Nations, Ambassador Nicholas Emiliou and his Fiji counterpart, Ambassador Peter Thomson, signed a joint communiqué establishing diplomatic relations between the two island nations.
The communiqué expresses the desire of the Republics of Fiji and the Cyprus 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 other norms of international law. The communiqué calls for the promotion of mutual understanding and the strengthening of friendship and cooperation between the two States in political, economic, social, humanitarian and other fields.
Following the formalisation ceremony, Ambassadors Emiliou and Thomson held talks on areas of common interest between their two countries. Ambassador Thomson reported on the steady progress of the Fiji Roadmap towards the achievement of sustainable democracy with parliamentary elections to be held in 2014. Ambassador Emiliou briefed Ambassador Thomson on the historical circumstances that caused the division of the island of Cyprus and the subsequent role that has been played by the United Nations.
Ambassadors Emiliou and Thomson at the formalization ceremony