Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Fiji Too Stubborn for its Own Good

Forum can’t change Fiji situation: Somare
www.fijilive.com - August 04, 2009

The Fiji government’s refusal to bring forward democratic elections will once again surface at the Pacific Island Forum Leaders meeting which starts today in Cairns, Australia. The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Sir Michael Somare who arrived in Australia with leaders from other Pacific countries told Australian media that there is not much that can be done to convince Fijian leaders to return to democracy. Somare said the PIF may not be able to change the situation in Fiji, let alone the mindset of Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama."
I think Bainimarama has made up his mind and he's said this is how he wants to run his place - under the military government and I think that's the message we've got," he said." It may be hard for Australia and New Zealand to accept it, but this is the stand he's taken, nothing much you can do."Fiji will not be present at the meeting after the Forum suspended Fiji in May this year for not announcing an election timetable. The Fiji government is also hoping that the countries of the Melanesian Spearhead Group lobby for Fiji’s engagement with the Forum.

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