Friday, August 22, 2008

Interim PM must act: Talagi

Interim PM must act: Talagi
Friday, August 22, 2008

Niue Premier Toke Talagi says he does not want to pre-empt the implications Fiji would face if suspended from the Forum as he was not a clairvoyant.
He said if Fiji continued to refuse to co-operate with the Forum and ignored its promises for an election next March than the leaders would explore other measures.
"We have issued a strong statement so Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama and he must understand the leaders feel very strongly about what he is doing," said Mr Talagi.
He said there were no immediate plans to visit Fiji as chair and that the Forum would stick to the Ministerial Contact Group's engagement at the moment.
Mr Talagi said the decision Fiji would take was entirely up to them.
"We are not talking about immediate suspension but we certainly want Fiji to maintain contact and return to democratic elections," he said.
Mr Talagi said they had to exhaust all the processes available before suspension was explored.
He said the leaders were concerned about the credibility of the Forum as a premium political body in the region recognised by the world.
Mr Talagi said there was no pressure from Australia and New Zealand on the decision the leaders had taken.
He said there was no decision to altering any sanctions at the moment.
"The fact is that if we accept this regime it would reflect that the countries are vulnerable," he said.

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