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PIDF No Threat, Aussies Agree With Our PM

Australia shares the view that the Pacific Islands Development Forum is no threat to the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF). In a statement, the Australian High Commission, agreed with Prime Minister
04 Sep 2015 12:01
PIDF No Threat, Aussies Agree With Our PM
Participants at the PIDF in Suva.

Australia shares the view that the Pacific Islands Development Forum is no threat to the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF).

In a statement, the Australian High Commission, agreed with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s statement on the matter.

It welcomed any contribution PIDF could make to the prosperity and inclusive development of the region.

It also said Pacific countries were free to choose whether to join the PIDF or not.

However, it said it supported PIF as what it called the pre-eminent regional organisation in the Pacific.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, in his opening address at the PIDF Summit on Wednesday, accused Australia and New Zealand of trying to undermine the Pacific Islands Development Forum.

He said this was done by Australia and New Zealand lobbying governments and leaders of the Pacific Islands not attend the PIDF Summit in Suva.

The Australian High Commission is an observer at the PIDF Summit in Suva.

Mr Bainimarama said island nations needed to talk freely, without influence from larger powers who were not Pacific small island developing states and who had different interests.

New Zealand High Commissioner, Mark Ramsden has yet to respond to Mr Bainimarama’s comments despite efforts to contact him.

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