Statement by Minister Cannon on Situation in Fiji

(No. 104 - April 17, 2009) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement on the deteriorating situation in Fiji:

"Canada strongly condemns the decision by Fiji's President Josefa Iloilo to abrogate the 1997 Constitution, remove the judiciary, impose emergency rule and defer all elections until 2014.

"These unacceptable actions are not consistent with freedom, democracy, human rights or the rule of law. They bring economic turmoil to the people of Fiji and affect the country's international standing.

"Canada calls for the restoration of the democratic rights of the Fijian people and for immediate steps to reimplement the Constitution, reinstate the judiciary and hold early elections."

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