Fiji Day Address by Ambassador Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations

Thursday, October 10, 2013
New York

Bula vinaka Excellencies,

Welcome to this celebratory lunch in honour of Fiji.  Thank you for the privilege of your company, for through you we have your nation’s presence here with us on this our national day.

Statement on Behalf of the Group of 77 & China by H.E. Mr. J.V. Bainimarama, Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji, Chairman of the Group of 77, at the Special Event to Follow Up Efforts Towards Achieving the MDGs

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
New York

Mr. President,

1. I have the honor to deliver this statement on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.

2. Let me begin by thanking you, Mr. President, for convening this Special Event. I also wish to commend the Secretariat staff for their diligence in organising this meeting. 

H.E. The President- Address on the Assent to the Constitution

Monday, September 9, 2013
New York

Salutations and greetings

I have today given my assent to the 2013 Constitution through the powers vested in me as your Head of State.

That Constitution comes into effect tomorrow and will be the supreme law of Fiji.

It is also a blueprint for the future direction of ourcountry.

It establishes the principle that every Fijian is equal whoever they are, wherever they come from or whatever their religious or political beliefs.

Fijian Prime Minister's Address on the Assent to the Constitution by the President

Monday, September 9, 2013
New York

Your Excellency, the President,
The Honourable Chief Justice and members of the judiciary,
Cabinet Ministers,
Your Excellencies, members of the Diplomatic Corps,
Distinguished Guests
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Bula vinaka and a very good afternoon to you all.

The term historic is sometimes used a little too freely but not today.

Because this is truly a historic occasion in the life of our nation and will be regarded as such, long after we have all passed into history ourselves.

Statement by Ambassador Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji at the Open Debate of the Security Council on “Cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations in maintaining international peace and security”

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
New York

Madam President,

From the outset, the Fiji Delegation would like to thank you for choosing the subject of this thematic debate.  It is most pertinent given the growing number of mandates on peacekeeping arising from the Security Council, and the increasing complexities of the tasks of peacekeeping missions.

Prime Minister Bainimarama's Opening Statement at the Pacific SIDS Regional Preparatory Meeting

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Nadi, Fiji

Mr Wu Hong-bo – Under Secretary General for the United Nations Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary General of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States.

Your Excellency John Ashe – incoming President of the UN General Assembly.

Mr Sun-ichi Murata – Deputy Executive Secretary UN-ESCAP.

Heads of Pacific SIDS delegations; Pacific SIDS Ambassadors to the UN.

Prime Minister's Address to the Nation on Troop Deployment to the Syrian Golan Heights

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Suva, Fiji

My fellow Fijians,

I want to speak to you directly tonight about our contribution to United Nations peacekeeping efforts and the 182 Fijian soldiers who are about to leave our shores for the Middle East.

It was wonderful to see the reception they received in Suva today as they marched through the capital. Etched on their faces was the pride, determination and commitment that we are certain will carry them through the mission ahead.  

Farewell Speech by H.E. Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, President of the Republic of Fiji for the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Suva, Fiji

The Parade Commander,

Officers and men on parade,

The Honourable Prime Minister,

Honourable Ministers,

Your Excellencies the Ambassadors and High Commissioners

Members of the Diplomatic Corps,

Distinguished guests,

Members of the Families

Ladies and gentlemen



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