27 Mar 2008

New Zealand's Foreign minister warns Fiji that Pacific forum is not powerless

10:49 am on 27 March 2008

The Foreign Affairs Minister has hinted at stronger moves against Fiji if it doesn't hold elections next year as promised.

Pacific Foreign Ministers, including Winston Peters, kept up the pressure on Fiji to hold democratic elections when they met in Auckland yesterday.

Winston Peters says Fiji has many institutions which have been established there and financed by agreement from all around the Pacific.

Mr Peters says the University of the South Pacific is one example.

He says Pacific Nations must wonder why those institutions should stay in Fiji if that country's interim administration doesn't hold democratic elections as promised.