Fiji 'loses' independence document: report

15th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

Fiji has lost its copy of the historic document that confirmed the Pacific nation's independence from Britain in 1970, the state broadcaster has reported.

The head of government archives, Salesia Ikaniwai, revealed the Independence Order, which sets out the basis of Fiji's constitution, went missing more than five years ago, the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation said.

She said officials had scoured the records and contacted government departments without success trying to locate the document, which was originally handed over by Prince Charles in 1970.

Ikaniwai said the government had finally contacted British authorities to get a photocopy of the Independence Order.

Fiji celebrated the 40th anniversary of its independence on October 10.

© 2010 AFP

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