COP presidency is not an achievement: Rabuka

SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka speaking in Vatuwaqa on Tuesday evening. Picture: ATU RASEA

FIJI’S COP presidency is not an achievement.

Social Democratic Liberal Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka made this comment during a campaign meeting at Vatuwaqa in Suva last night.

While addressing party supporters gathered at the Vatuwaqa Methodist Church hall, the former prime minister said Government had been saying that Fiji’s COP23 presidency was a big achievement.

“All countries around the world will each serve a term,” Mr Rabuka said.

“No, it’s not an achievement.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said it had been a great privilege for him as COP23 President to lead a movement that crossed all political lines and was the legacy of every Fijian.

While addressing the public and other stakeholders at the launching of the Climate National Day on Tuesday, Mr Bainimarama said whatever happened in the election next week, he wanted the Fijians voice – the Pacific voice – to be especially strong in the coming months.

“Never before has Fiji stood so tall in the world as at the end of our COP Presidency,” he said.

He added that Fiji’s COP23 achievement was a Fijian success story.

“And regardless of our respective political affiliations, the Fijian climate fight is something that unites us all.”