25 Jul 2006

Fiji to consider proposal by MSG to set up own security force

7:06 pm on 25 July 2006

A proposal by the Melanesian Spearhead Group, or MSG, to set up its own security force will be carefully considered by Fiji.

A director of Fiji's Foreign Affairs department, Jone Draunimasi, says Fiji would have to look at its own national security policy and its commitments before it was able to decide whether it could contribute to such a force.

The MSG groups Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji.

Mr Draunimasi says there would have to be widespread consultation with the Home Affairs Ministry and security experts before any decision on support for the proposal is made.

"We have to look at a lot of other things as a national government, you know, complying with our national security policies. First of all, we have to do our own backyard first, to look at our things, that everything is in order before we could go forward and contribute to MSG contract of sub-regional force."

He says the MSG ministers will make a decision about the proposal next year in Vanuatu.