Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Tuilaepa waste of time, says Bainimarama

Fiji Sun News - 6 July 2010
The Melanesian Spearhead Group-Plus meeting will go ahead with or without of the Samoan Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi.

Prime Minister Commodore Bainimarama told the FijiSUN yesterday that nothing would stop the meeting even if Tuilaepa refused to participate in it.
Tuilaepa said he would not attend the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) leaders and denied that he was invited.

He questioned whether Commodore Bainimarama had the authority to invite islands outside of the MSG.

However, Commodore Bainimarama said it was not worth answering Tuilaepa’s question because it was a waste of time. Commodore Bainimarama is the incoming chairperson of the MSG.

Commodore Bainimarama said they still have yet to receive more confirmations to invitations sent to non-members of the MSG. 
He said small island states had requested they be part of the MSG as there was no other Forum for them to sit and discuss issues with Fiji. 
He said the invitation had gone out to them and their participation was entirely their decision to make. 
He maintains that the expanded MSG leaders meeting was not a breakaway from the Pacific Islands Forum.

The MSG meeting traditionally brings together leaders from Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea, the biggest countries in the region.

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