The Working Group held its thirty-second meeting at the Forum Secretariat Headquarters in
The Working Group expressed its regret at the withdrawal from the Working Group, due to other work commitments, of the Permanent Secretary for the Prime Minister’s Office, Mr Parmesh Chand.
The Working Group thanked Mr Chand for his considerable work in facilitating relations between the Forum and the Interim Government to date.
The Working Group welcomed Ratu Isoa Gavidi, Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs, as the new leader of
The Working Group noted the letter of 19 September 2008 from Interim Prime Minister Bainimarama to the Forum Chair, Premier Talagi of Niue, advising that
The Working Group welcomed the Interim Prime Minister’s willingness to re-engage with the Forum, and expressed its readiness to engage in dialogue and to work constructively toward a way forward, reaffirming the good will of all members of the Forum to assist each other in challenging times.
The Working Group acknowledged that the Forum process is a key means by which
The Working Group discussed recent developments in the situation in
The Working Group welcomed the commitment of the Interim Government and the political parties to the process, recalling Forum Leaders’ support for independent and inclusive dialogue, without preconditions, as an essential element in resolving the
Working Group members encouraged all concerned to continue working on the development of a credible political dialogue process, with the greatest possible momentum.
The Working Group discussed the Interim Prime Minister’s request that the Group develop new terms of reference, and received a proposed addendum from
The Working Group noted the issues raised in
The Working Group discussed initial preparations for the proposed visit by the Ministerial Contact Group in December 2008.
The Working Group will hold its next meeting on 20 November 2008.
6 November 2008