U.S. Department of State
Background Notes: Fiji, May 1996
Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Prepared and released by the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs,
Office of Pacific Island Affairs
Official Name: Republic of Fiji
Nationality: Noun and adjective-- Fiji citizen(s)
Population (July 1995 est.): 772,891.
Annual growth rate (1995 est.): 1.16%.
Ethnic groups: Fijian 49%, Indian 46%, others (including mixed-race,
Europeans, Chinese, and other Pacific Islanders) 5%.
Religions (1990): Christian (52%), Hindu (38%), Muslim (8%)
Languages: English (official), Fijian,
Education: Attendance: Primary and Secondary schooling 86%.
Literacy 87% (1986).
Health: Infant mortality rate (1994 est.): 18.1/1000. Life Expectancy
(1995 est.): 63 years male, 68 years female.
Labor force (1992): 264,000--Agriculture 59%, Industry 36%.
Area: 18,376 sq. km. (7,056 sq. mi.); about the size of Massachusetts.
Cities (all on the main island of Viti Levu): Capital--Suva (1986 pop.
69,665), Lautoka (28,728), Nadi,
Population Distribution (End-1986 census): Rural: 61.3%, Urban:
Climate: Tropical maritime.
Type: Parliamentary democracy.
Independence: October 10, 1970.
Constitution: July 25, 1990.
Branches: Executive--President (chief of state); Prime Minister (head
of government), Cabinet. Legislative: Parliament: Lower House--70
elected seats (indigenous Fijians-37, Indians-27, Rotumans-1,
others-5). Senate--34 appointed seats (indigenous Fijians-24,
Rotumans-1, others-9). Judicial: Magistrates' Courts, High Court, Court
of Appeals, Supreme Court.
Political parties: Fijian Political Party, Fiji Labour Party, National
Federation Party, Fijian
Association Party, Fijian Nationalist Party, General Electors
Association, General Voters Party.
Suffrage: Universal adult.
Administrative subdivisions: 4 divisions, 14 provinces, 1 dependency.
Flag: Light blue with Union k
sector including cattle, pigs, horses, and goats.
Industry: Sugar refining, tourism, garment manufacturing, gold,
fishing, lumber, small manufacturing/assembly industries.
Trade (1995): Exports--$869.9 million: sugar, gold, copra and fish.
Imports--$1218.9 million: fuels, machinery, manufactured goods,
chemical and food. Major partners: Australia, New Zealand, U.S.,
Japan, Taiwan, Singapore.
Official exchange rate (13 Mar 1996): US$1.00=F$1.41.
Bilateral economic aid received (includes technical assistance):
Principal bilateral aid donors--Australia (FY92/93 $9.7 million), Japan
(CY92 $16.2 million), France (CY93 $.4 million--does not include
attribution from $1.4 million regional assistance), New Zealand
(FY92/93 $2.8 million), United Kingdom (FY92/93 $2.8 million),
United States (FY93 $1.5 million).
Multilateral aid donors: UNDP ($3.5 million), other UN ($10.3
million), IBRD ($5.1 million).
U.S. aid (1996): In September 1994, the U.S. Agency for International
Development (USAID) closed its regional mission based in Suva. The
last bilateral aid projects will end in September 1996, although limited
regional programs including fisheries, environmental protection and
disaster management will continue to receive USAID support. Fiji has
benefited from US $25.9 million in USAID assistance since 1977, with
programs aimed at increasing economic growth through fisheries and
agriculture, environmental protection, as well as health assistance and
disaster response. The U.S. bilateral assistance program to Fiji began in
1986 but was temporarily suspended in May 1987 following a military
coup. Bilateral funding resumed from December 1988 to 1994.
Membership in International Organizations
UN and several of its specialized and related agencies, World Bank,
International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization, South Pacific
Forum, South Pacific Commission, Pacific Islands Development
Program, Asian Development Bank, U.S.-Pacific Island Joint
Commercial Commission, associate member of Economic and Social
Commission for Asia and the Pacific, associate member of the
European Community. A regional institution, the University of the
South Pacific, is headquartered in Suva, as is the South Pacific Forum
Secretariat. Fiji was expelled from the Commonwealth when it
declared itself a republic in October 1987. Fiji's military is a regular
participant in a variety of UN peacekeeping forces such as UNIFIL,
MFO and, most recently, UNIKOM. Its police force is to contribute
personnel to UN operations in the former Yugoslavia.
Fiji comprises a group of volcanic islands in the South Pacific lying
about 4,450 kilometers (2,775 mi.) southwest of Honolulu, 2,730
kilometers (1,700 mi.) northeast of Sydney, Australia, and 1,770
kilometers (1,100 mi.) north of Auckland, New Zealand. Its 322 islands
range in size from the 10,388 square kilometers (4,011 sq. mi.) of Viti
Levu, on which Suva is located, to mere rocks a few square meters in
area. Just over 100 of the islands are inhabited.
The larger islands are mountainous, some rising abruptly from the
shore to heights of 1,200 meters (4,000 ft.) or more. On the windward
(southeastern) side, where rainfall is heavy (up to 304 cm or 120 in.
annually), the islands are covered with dense, tropical forests.
Lowlands on the western portions of each of the main islands are
sheltered by the mountains and have a well-marked dry season
favorable to crops such as sugar cane.
More than half of Fiji's population live on the island coasts, either in
Suva, the capital, or in smaller urban centers. The interior is sparsely
populated because of its rough terrain.
Indigenous Fijians are a mixture of Polynesian and Melanesian,
resulting from the original migrations to the South Pacific many
centuries ago. The Indian population has grown rapidly from the
60,000 indentured laborers brought from India between 1879 and 1916
to work in the sugar cane fields. Several thousand Gujaratis from near
Bombay migrated voluntarily during the 1920's and 1930's; these
migrants formed the core of Fiji's urban shop-keeping and business
class. Unlike the native Fijians, who live throughout the country, the
Indo-Fijians reside primarily near the urban centers and in the cane-
producing areas of the two main islands. A substantial population of
mixed European/Fijian ancestry is concentrated in the urban centers
and near Savusavu on Vanua Levu.
Virtually all indigenous Fijians are Christian, 78% of them Methodist.
Roman Catholics account for about 8.5% of the population; nearly half
are part European or Chinese. Other Christian denominations in Fiji are
Anglican, Seventh-Day Adventist, Presbyterian, Mormon and Christian
Brethren. About 80% of the Indo-Fijians are Hindu, 15% Muslim, and
the rest mostly Sikh, with a few Christians.
Despite evidence that Fiji has been inhabited for more than 2,500
years, little is known of its history before the coming of the Europeans.
In earlier times, the Fiji Islands were known as the "Cannibal Islands";
today's Fijians, with their open, friendly ways, bear little resemblance
to their warlike forebears.
The first known European to sight the Fiji islands was the Dutchman
Abel Tasman in 1643. European missionaries, whalers, traders, and
deserters settled during the first half of the 19th century. Their
corrupting influence caused increasingly serious wars to flare up
among the native Fijian confederacies. In 1871, the Europeans in Fiji
(about 2,000) established an administration under Ratu Seru Cakobau,
who had become paramount chief of eastern Viti Levu some years
before. Chaos followed until a convention of chiefs ceded Fiji
unconditionally to the United Kingdom on October 10, 1874.
The pattern of colonialism in Fiji during the following century was
similar to that in other British possessions: the pacification of the
countryside, the spread of plantation agriculture, and the introduction
of Indian indentured labor. Many traditional institutions, including the
system of communal land ownership, were maintained.
Fiji's revered chief, Ratu Sukuna, fought in the French Foreign Legion
during the First World War and was highly decorated. Fiji units aided
British forces in non-combatant roles. Fiji soldiers fought alongside the
Allies in the Second World War, gaining a fine reputation in the tough
Solomon Islands campaign. The United States and other Allied
countries maintained military installations in Fiji during that war, but
the Japanese did not attack Fiji.
In April 1970, a constitutional conference in London agreed that Fiji
should become a fully sovereign and independent nation within the
Commonwealth on October 10, 1970.
In April 1987, the Alliance Party of Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, which
had governed Fiji since independence, lost a general election and was
replaced by an NFP-Labour Coalition government. The new
government was headed by Dr. Timoci Bavadra, an ethnic Fijian, with
most support coming from the ethnic Indian community. On May 14,
1987, Lt. Col. Sitiveni Rabuka, Chief of Operations of the Royal Fiji
Military Forces, staged a military coup. Rabuka's stated reasons for the
coup were to prevent inter-communal violence and to restore the
political dominance of the ethnic Fijians in their home islands. After a
period of confusion, Governor-General Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau took
charge. In September, the Governor-General and the two main political
groupings reached agreement on a government of national unity (the
However, Rabuka objected to participation by the deposed Coalition in
the proposed government and the exclusion of the military from the
negotiations, and consequently staged a second coup on September 25,
1987. The military government declared Fiji a republic on October 10.
This action, coupled with protests by the Government of India, led to
Fiji's expulsion from the Commonwealth. The military regime was
unsuccessful in governing and Rabuka voluntarily handed over the
reins of government to civilians on December 6, 1987. Former
Governor-General Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau became President. Ratu Sir
Kamisese Mara was brought back as Prime Minister and formed a
mostly civilian Cabinet containing four military officers, including
In January 1990 the term of the first interim government came to an
end, and the President announced a second interim government with a
reduced seventeen-member Cabinet, devoid of active-duty military
officers. This government promulgated a new Constitution on July 25,
1990. Rabuka, now a Major-General, returned to the barracks as
commander of the Fiji Military Forces. In July 1991, Rabuka quit the
military to become Co-Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home
A general election in June 1992 returned Fiji to elected government.
Rabuka was named Prime Minister by President Ganilau. His
government was dissolved in January 1994 over the inability to pass a
substantive bill--the FY94 budget. A snap general election was held
February 18-26, 1994, and Rabuka was again named Prime Minister
after his party won a near majority of the seats.
The President (chief of state) is appointed by the Great Council of
Chiefs, a traditional ethnic Fijian leadership body. The President in turn
appoints the Prime Minister (head of government), who is the ethnic
Fijian member of parliament who demonstrates he has the support of
the majority of that body. The parliament's house of representatives has
70 seats (ethnic Fijians-37, Indo-Fijians-27, Rotumans-1, others-5).
The Senate has 34 appointed seats (ethnic Fijians-24, Rotumans-1,
Fiji maintains an independent judiciary consisting of a Supreme Court,
a Court of Appeals, a High Court, and magistrates' courts. Special
magistrates are being trained and appointed to hear cases involving
points of ethnic Fijian customary law. The judiciary remained
independent throughout the coups and the consequent absence of an
There are four administrative divisions (Central, Eastern, Northern, and
Western) and one dependency (Rotuma). Each of the four districts is
under the charge of a commissioner. Ethnic Fijians have their own
administration which is based on the koro (village). The turaga-ni-koro
(head of the village), usually nominated by the people, directs the
village's activities. Several koros are grouped to form a district. Several
districts form a province. Each of the fourteen provinces and the
dependency is governed by a council and a roko tui (an administrative
officer appointed by the central government). The councils deal with
all matters affecting ethnic Fijians.
Principal Government Officials
President--Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
Prime Minister--Sitiveni Rabuka
Minister of Foreign Affairs--Filipe Bole
Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry--Isimeli Bose
Leader of the Opposition--Jai Ram Reddy
Fiji Head of Mission in the U.S.--Ambassador Pita Kewa Nacuva
For 17 years after independence, Fiji was a parliamentary democracy.
During that time, political life was dominated by Ratu Sir Kamisese
Mara and the Alliance Party, which combined the traditional Fijian
chiefly system with leading elements of the European, part-European,
and Indian communities. The main parliamentary opposition, the
National Federation Party, represented mainly rural Indians.
Intercommunal relations were managed without serious confrontation.
However, when Dr. Bavadra's Coalition democratically installed a
cabinet with a substantial ethnic Indian representation after the April
1987 election, extremist elements played on ethnic Fijian fears of
domination by the Indo-Fijian community. The results were two
military coups and a racial situation that has remained troubled. Since
the coup, approximately 35,000 Indo-Fijians have emigrated out of
One of the main issues of contention is land tenure. About 84% of the
land in Fiji, much of it not arable, is owned by indigenous Fijians and
cannot be alienated. It is administered on behalf of village groups
(mataqalis) by the Native Land Trust Board, an agency of the
government. Indo-Fijians, who are the major cultivators of sugar, are
unable to purchase the land they till but must lease it instead. The
leases have been generally for 10 years, although they are usually
renewed for two 10-year extensions. Many Indo-Fijians argue that
these terms do not provide them with adequate security and have
pressed for renewable 30-year leases. Land tenure provisions are
currently under review with the majority of leases due to expire
between now and the year 2000.
Many ethnic Fijians feared that the Bavadra government would have
eroded their control over the land. This was and is a highly emotional
issue, as Fijians identify themselves with the land to a degree that most
Westerners find difficult to understand. Fijians consider themselves
members of the "vanua," a concept that encompasses the people of a
given area, their chiefs, and the land on which they live. The word
"vanua" is variously translated as "land," "community," or
"confederacy of chiefdoms" according to context, but the concept is
The unelected interim government, without the approval of a national
referendum, promulgated a new constitution on July 25, 1990. It
provides indigenous Fijians 37 of the 70 seats in the elected lower
house of Parliament with the ethnic Indians accorded 27 seats,
Rotumans (culturally distinct Polynesians) one, and other races allotted
five. In the Senate, an appointed body with essentially review powers
and the right to veto legislation, indigenous Fijians hold 24 of 34 seats,
Rotumans one and other groups nine. The new constitution also
includes a detailed bill of rights, but gives the Parliament wide powers
to overrule guarantees of basic freedoms in the event of a perceived
threat to national security.
The President is selected by the Great Council of Chiefs, a traditional
Fijian leadership body, as are most of the ethnic Fijian members of the
Senate. The Prime Minister, who along with the Cabinet, holds most
executive authority, is chosen by the President from among the ethnic
Fijian members of the lower house.
Elections are held by secret ballot, with voting only by racial
constituencies. This latter aspect is a significant change from the 1970
constitution, which provided for a complex system of cross-voting,
allowing Indo-Fijians a say in the selection of some ethnic Fijians and
vice versa. The Constitution calls for elections every five years, but the
Government may call an election at any time. A snap general election
was held in February 1994, after the Rabuka government fell over its
inability to pass the 1994 budget. Rabuka and his Fijian Political Party
were returned to parliament as the dominant party in that election.
Two of the opposition parties, the National Federation Party and the
Fiji Labour Party, are strongly opposed to the lack of proportional
parliamentary representation for all races. The constitution contains
provisions for its review by 1997 (seven years after promulgation). A
deliberation process, begun in an expanded sub-Cabinet committee in
1993, led to the creation of an independent three person constitutional
review commission in June 1995. Headed by New Zealand's Sir Paul
Reeves, the commission is to deliver its recommendations to
Parliament on the constitution in mid-1996. Parliament will then
consider the Commission report as part of its own deliberations for
reviewing the constitution, which should conclude by mid-1997.
Prior to the 1987 coups, Fiji was often cited as a model of human rights
and multiracial democracy. Even through the coup period, a certain
degree of restraint prevailed as no one was killed in either coup.
The Indo-Fijian parties' major voting bloc is made up of sugar cane
farmers. The farmers' main tool of influence has been their ability to
galvanize widespread boycotts of the sugar industry, thereby crippling
the economy. In 1991, a Coalition of the National Federation Party and
Fijian Labour Party, along with the Fiji Trades Union Congress and the
National Farmers Union led a seven-week long boycott of the sugar
cane harvest. It was not until then Major General Rabuka stepped in as
a mediating force between the Government and the farmers that the
crisis was resolved. Following this, the Major General resigned as
commander of the Fiji Military Forces and stepped into a government
position as Co-Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs.
In general, government economic policy promotes private enterprise
with strong emphasis on export-oriented industries. The government is
in the process of privatizing certain government functions such as the
telephone company. The government owns and/or controls some major
servicing and trading entities, including the Civil Aviation Authority of
Fiji, National Bank of Fiji, Ika Corporation (fishing) and the Fiji Sugar
Corporation (FSC). The FSC handles the milling of all sugar cane
produced in Fiji.
Agriculture is the mainstay of Fiji's economy. Sixty-seven percent of
the active labor force is employed in subsistence agriculture. Such
activities cushion the effect of fluctuating export earnings, especially
during periods of falling prices for major export commodities, such as
sugar. Sugar accounted for approximately 33% of total exports in 1993,
providing 15% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and engaging
about one-fifth (22,000) of total households in Fiji. In addition, an
estimated 18,000 cane cutters are employed during harvest time and the
Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) employs 3,000 persons in sugar
processing and marketing activities.
Tourism has gained in importance since the mid-1960's and, despite a
brief drop after the 1987 coups, now contributes significantly to the
economy. Total visitor arrivals in 1993 were 287,462. Australians
accounted for 27% of total visitor arrivals in 1993, followed by the
U.S., New Zealand and Europe. During 1993, 42,557 U.S. visitors
arrived in Fiji. Gross foreign exchange earnings from tourism replaced
sugar as Fiji's major foreign earner, rising to USD 244 million in 1993,
with projections reaching USD 250 million by 1994.
Various policy reforms have been implemented by the government to
revitalize the economy of Fiji following the economic recession
experienced immediately after the coups of 1987. These include the
deregulation of the economy and the introduction of incentive
measures geared at the private sector in the form of tax free zones and
tax free factories to boost foreign investment.
New projects in recent years have included a growing garment
industry, a wood chips mill, a distillery and several food processing
factories. The garment industry, which has taken advantage of tax
incentives and duty free entry to the Australia and New Zealand
market, has grown rapidly since 1988 and now employs as many as
10,000 workers. Exports rose to USD 86.4 million in 1993. The
government encourages local and foreign investment to promote
industrial development and provide employment. The production and
export of copra has declined and has been overtaken by the export of
gold and marine products. Coconut oil earnings for 1993 were $2.5
million while receipts from gold and marine products were $45.0
million and $21.1 million, respectively.
The export share of forestry products is expected to increase as
harvesting of the country's plantations of Caribbean pine is intensified.
Timber earnings in 1993 amounted to USD 8.6 million.
In nearly all factors of production, Fiji is a well-endowed country,
albeit with certain problems still in need of development solutions. The
labor force is well-educated, with relatively good productivity and
reasonable wage rates. Per capita income is twice that of most other
countries in the region. The country's location and trade agreements
(SPARTECA, Lome Convention) are generally regarded as assets. The
government business policy framework is generally regarded as good.
The land is productive, despite unrealized potential due to the land
The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) is an integrated, infantry-
dominated force whose primary mission is to provide a credible
deterrence and to protect Fiji's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The
RFMF currently consists of approximately 4,100 active duty personnel
and approximately 10,000 territorial reservists. The RFMF is
commanded by Brigadier General Ratu Epeli Ganilau.
Organizationally, the RFMF consists of eight Fiji light infantry
regiments (FIRs) and a naval division.
When deployed, a regiment would have three to four independent
companies, a special forces unit, engineer, logistics, maintenance, and
training units. Two of the infantry battalions are deployed to the
Middle East in support of United Nations peacekeeping missions
(UNIFIL in Lebanon and the Multi-national Force of Observers in the
Sinai), and a third (the 3rd FIR) is headquartered at Queen Elizabeth
Barracks near Suva. The independent companies from the 3rd FIR are
located at Nadi, Lautoka, Nausori, and Labasa.
The RFMF's naval division, headquartered at Walu Bay, Suva, with
some 300 personnel, is responsible for enforcing Fiji's maritime-related
laws of fisheries, customs, quarantine and immigration within Fiji's
territorial waters and its 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone. The naval
division currently consists of two coastal patrol craft purchased from a
U.S. manufacturer in 1987, four ex-Israeli Dabur-class coastal patrol
craft which were built in the mid-1970's and acquired by the RFMF in
1991, and three newer Pacific-class patrol boats which were donated by
Australia in 1994 and 1995.
Following the 1987 coups, the governments of Australia, New Zealand
and the United States officially suspended defense cooperation and
military assistance arrangements with Fiji. By the end of 1993,
Australia and New Zealand had resumed cooperation; the United States
has not. Since the coups, RFMF personnel have received training in
Malaysia, Pakistan, France, England, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand
and Israel. The RFMF also opened its own company-grade officer
training school in 1989.
Fiji also has a separate police force of some 2000 personnel, including
administrative and support elements. Police Commissioner Isikia
Savua, a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, has been in charge of Fiji's
police force since March 1994. The military and police force are both
under the Ministry of Home Affairs portfolio.
Fiji maintains an independent, but generally pro-Western, foreign
policy. It has traditionally had close relations with major trading
partners Australia and New Zealand, although those relations cooled
somewhat in the post-coup period. The interim government was
offended by those countries' public criticism of its policies and the
1990 constitution. Relations with India have also declined markedly,
punctuated by the expulsion of the Indian Ambassador in late 1989 and
the forced closure of the Indian Embassy in Suva in 1990. Fiji has
worked to build closer ties with Southeast Asia, Japan, and France in
order to diversify its trading patterns and sources of assistance.
Since independence, Fiji has been a leader in the South Pacific region.
While Fiji has taken a less active role in regional affairs since the 1987
coups, regional governments have generally been sympathetic,
declining to take a position on Fiji's internal political problems. The
South Pacific Forum heads of government rebuffed efforts by Fiji's
Indo-Fijian politicians to involve the Forum in the Fiji domestic
Fiji became the 127th UN member on October 13, 1970. It participates
actively in the United Nations and its specialized agencies, some of
which maintain offices in Suva. Fiji's contributions to peacekeeping in
the Middle East and Africa are unique for a nation of its size. Fiji
maintains a 600-man battalion with the UN forces in Lebanon and a
400-man battalion in the Multinational Force of Observers in the Sinai.
In addition, Fiji has sent police detachments and/or officer observers
under UN auspices to Namibia, Chad, Afghanistan, the Iraq-Kuwait
border, and Cambodia. Fiji has indicated it will contribute police
personnel to UN operations in the former Yugoslavia.
Fiji has embassies or consulates in London, Brussels, Tokyo,
Washington, Canberra, Wellington, Kuala Lumpur and Papua New
Guinea, and an ambassadorial-level mission to the UN.
There are no restrictions on freedom of movement within the country
or abroad. Fiji citizens are free to emigrate. About 40,000 have done so
since May 1987. Most of the emigrants are Indo-Fijians, many of them
Fiji and the United States enjoy excellent relations. Then Prime
Minister, now President Mara was received twice at the White House,
by President Ronald Reagan in October 1984 and by President George
Bush in October 1989. Then Vice President Bush and then Prime
Minister Mara opened Fiji's Washington Embassy in October 1985.
Secretary of State George Shultz visited Fiji in July 1985. In October
1990, then Prime Minister Mara attended the first summit of Pacific
island nations hosted by President Bush in Honolulu. U.S. Ambassador
Don L. Gevirtz arrived in Fiji in January, 1996.
The United States assisted with the medical evacuation and care of
Fiji's much-respected late President, Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau, who
sadly died in December 1993 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Fiji has expressed interest in attracting U.S. investment. OPIC and
EXIM investment insurance is available. Trade between the two
countries is relatively small due to high shipping costs and other
economic factors. The U.S. was Fiji's fifth largest supplier in 1993 with
exports of USD 56.7 million, consisting mainly of industrial
machinery, manufactured goods and chemicals. The U.S. imported
USD 48.1 million from Fiji in 1993, primarily in sugar and garments.
The U.S. fishing treaty in the area has brought opportunity for
economic links and renewed efforts to ensure access to exclusive
economic zones through U.S. development assistance to the marine
resource sector. USAID administers modest regional assistance
programs which benefit Fiji. The Government of Fiji has expressed its
disappointment with the September 1994 closure of the USAID
regional office in Suva. Approximately one hundred Peace Corps
Volunteers will continue to teach and provide technical assistance
throughout Fiji until this program phases out by 1998. The U.S.
Embassy in Suva has a small commercial section to facilitate trade and
Principal U.S. Officials
Ambassador--Don L. Gevirtz
Deputy Chief of Mission--Larry Dinger
Military Attache--Lt. Col. Richard LeVan
Peace Corps Director--Carolyn Waterman
The U.S. Embassy in Fiji is located at 31 Loftus Street, Suva [tel: (679)
314-466, fax: (679) 300-081]. The mailing address is U.S. Embassy,
P.O. Box 218, Suva, Fiji.
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