24 Sep 2007

Fiji PM to hold talks with four nations while at UN

6:25 am on 24 September 2007

Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Bainimarama, will have talks with political leaders from Cuba , Venezuela , Italy and the Dominican Republic in New York this week.

This follows requests from the four countries to meet the Commodore while he is in New York to address the United Nations General Assembly.

The permanent secretary of the Prime Minister's Office, Parmesh Chand, has told the Sunday Times this will be a unique opportunity for Commodore Bainimarama to hold talks on issues of mutual interest.

Mr Chand says Commodore Bainimarama will use his address to the United Nations General Assembly to explain Fiji 's situation since December the 5th 2006.

He will also address issues related to security, the environment and bilateral, regional and multilateral trade.

The United States has a travel ban on Commodore Bainimarama but it will be unable to stop him from travelling to New York .

This is because under its agreement to host the United Nations, it cannot stop national leaders from attending meetings of the world body.