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EU concerned with slow political progress in Fiji
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14:48, October 09, 2007

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The European Union (EU) has written to Fiji's President outlining its concerns about the recent lack of progress by the interim Government on process and the substance of the commitments it had agreed to.

Fijilive, a Suva-based news service, reported Tuesday that specific concerns of EU were made to the national election and the interim government's failure to form a tribunal to look into suspended Chief Justice Daniel Fatiaki's case.

The letter said EU strongly believes that Fiji can hold credible election within the agreed deadline of Feb. 28, 2009.

It said EU was pleased that Fiji's interim government confirmed a number of key commitments regarding human rights and fundamental freedoms, respect for democratic principles and the rule of law. And EU stressed that the importance of early and full compliance with the agreed commitments.

There are no comment so far from Fiji's President Ratu Josefa Iloilo, but he pleaded Saturday with the international community to be "patient" with Fiji and the current situation it is facing.

Source: Xinhua

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