13 Oct 2008

Fiji's interim government says it has always been willing to hold discussions

12:08 pm on 13 October 2008

Fiji's interim Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says the interim Prime Minister and his government have always been willing to engage in dialogue.

He said they had tried to build discussions through the National Council for Building a Better Fiji, through Commodore Bainimarama's one on one meetings with ousted prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, and thirdly through the facilitation of the President's political forum.

He told the Fiji Times that unfortunately there was wavering and unwillingness on the part of the SDL, NFP and the former opposition leader, Mick Beddoes, to engage in constructive and national dialogue.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum was reacting to comments made by former Vice President, Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, during the Fiji Day celebrations in Brisbane, Australia.

Ratu Joni said the country had to move beyond apportioning blame and begin planning its future.

Ratu Joni said the Fiji High Court declaration to uphold decisions made by the President after the December 5, 2006 coup came as no surprise to him.

"But he said what has been imposed on people will not endure because the majority of the population disagree with it."

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum replied that the interim Government did have support.