Monday, February 23, 2009

Tonga denies claims Forum driven by NZ and Australia

Tonga denies claims Forum driven by NZ and Australia
Monday, February 23, 2009

THE Pacific Islands Forum decision to partially suspend Fiji if it does not confirm dates for a general election was consensus-driven and was not imposed by Australia and New Zealand, reiterates Tongas Prime Minister Feleti Sevele.

He made the comment to Radio New Zealand in response to the interim Governments claims that the decision was driven by Canberra and Wellington.

The interim government was given until May 1 to submit a date for an election this year.

Since the forum meeting late last month, the interim government has declared there will be no election this year. It is instead focusing on electoral reforms and the impending Presidents Political Dialogue Forum.

At the end of the day its up to the Fiji interim government and the people of Fiji to work out what their future is and what they really want, Mr Sevele said.

As a Forum, and this is where I said before the meeting in PNG, that we should not be talking about expulsion or suspension of Fiji, we should be talking of finding a way to move forward.

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