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Forum leaders’ summit crucial for Fiji: McCully

Written By : SUN FIJI NEWSROOM. New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully hopes a meeting of Pacific Islands Forum leaders in Papua New Guinea next month will be pivotal in
02 Jan 2009 12:00

Written By : SUN FIJI NEWSROOM. New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully hopes a meeting of Pacific Islands Forum leaders in Papua New Guinea next month will be pivotal in resolving matters with Fiji.
Mr McCully said there is no communication with Fiji officials at the moment following the expulsion of New Zealand’s acting High Commissioner in Suva.
New Zealand’s previous High Commissioner, Michael Green, was also expelled in June 2007.
Mr McCully said leaders at next month’s meeting plan to hold Fiji’s interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama accountable for not meeting his commitment to hold elections by March.
But the Auckland-based Coalition for Democracy in Fiji said efforts should be made to get dialogue going now, Radio NZ reported on Monday.
Movement spokesperson Nik Naidu said Fiji might not turn up to the forum if talks don’t continue in the meantime, adding that the relationship between New Zealand and Fiji is too important to jeopardise.
In his New Year’s message Cdre Bainimarama said he is looking forward to attending the Forum.
“I will be attending the forum leaders’ meeting this month and I look forward to constructive engagement and dialogue that will be in the interest of our country,” he said.
Cdre Bainimarama said it was the best interest of the country to forge ahead without letting criticism get in the way of progress.




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