14 Apr 2009

PNG PM deplores Fiji developments, offers help

3:19 pm on 14 April 2009

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, has expressed regret over the current political situation in Fiji.

Sir Michael says in a written statement that actions by Fiji's President Ratu Josefa Iloilo, including the suspension of the constitution, means there was no guarantee Fiji is closer to holding democratic elections.

He says he is particularly concerned that the donor community will now see this as the trigger to suspend or terminate assistance to the people of Fiji.

Sir Michael says Fiji's economy and people will suffer if donors pull out.

He says PNG has maintained that it will assist Fiji wherever it can, and this hasn't changed, but he says the current Fiji leadership must also realise that they are the ones who can expedite moves towards holding fair elections soon.