21 Feb 2008

Vanuatu sets April dates for MSG summit

2:43 pm on 21 February 2008

Vanuatu's government has confirmed new dates for the Melanesian Spearhead Group leaders summit in Port Vila.

The summit, which will be the first key meeting at the newly opened MSG Secretariat in Vanuatu's capital, is now scheduled for April 14th and 15th after being deferred from late February.

Meanwhile, the Vanuatu Prime Minister's political advisor, George Bogiri, says Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, is also expected to attend the summit.

Mr Bogiri says the MSG will look to extract more commitment from Commodore Bainimarama on the election dates he promised at last October's Pacific Islands Forum in Tonga.

"Somare, he did a lot to convince Bainimarama and then Bainimarama came out open in Tonga. And this time around all the MSG leaders will be in Vila and hopefully Bainimarama will come out with something positive, especially for the dates for the elections he promised in Tonga."

George Bogiri