12 Jul 2007

Fiji interim PM threatens to use Forum meeting to discuss NZ attitude towards Fiji

8:08 am on 12 July 2007

Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Bainimarama, says he will bring up the New Zealand prime minister, Helen Clark's stance against Fiji for discussion at the Pacific Forum summit in Tonga.

Ms Clark has said the Forum should decide at what level Fiji should be represented and that Commodore Bainimarama would be shunned and treated like a leper if he does attend.

Despite Ms Clark's attempts to block him from attending, Commodore Bainimarama has told Fiji TV he will attend.

Commodore Bainimarama says Fiji is part of the Forum and he will be there as a leader.

He says if Helen Clark does not want to see him at the Forum, she should make a point of not coming there.

He says Helen Clark has been very insulting and personal over the issue, and shows herself as a childish and insensitive woman.

Commodore Bainimarama says it will come to a point when Helen Clark will self-destruct.

Commodore Bainimarama also says he has no regrets about expelling the former New Zealand high commissioner, Michael Green, and would also expel his successor if the circumstances require it.