Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Illegal Fiji PM Cancels Invitation to Forum

Fiji Live News - June 02, 2010 

Fiji’s Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has cancelled the invitation extended to the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders at the Ministerial Contact Group (MCG) meeting in Auckland this week.

Speaking to FijiLive, Bainimarama said the invitation no longer stood because Forum leaders are not serious about dialoguing with Fiji and not only because of the “negative” comments made by Australia and New Zealand.

“They wanted to talk to political leaders like Mahendra Chaudhary and Laisenia Qarase,” said Bainimarama.

“If they want to talk to these political leaders, they (local leaders) can go to Australia and New Zealand and talk to them themselves,” Bainimarama added.

An invitation to visit Fiji for a first hand assessment was made by Fiji’s Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola to the Forum Leaders at Monday’s MCG.

The New Zealand Herald newspaper quoted New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully saying after the meeting that the situation in Fiji had worsened.

He was asked whether travelling to Fiji would achieve anything, to which he replied it was the Group's job to monitor Fiji.

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