16 Apr 2009

Samoa sees Fiji's Forum suspension as inevitable

3:43 pm on 16 April 2009

Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says there is no other option but to suspend Fiji from the Pacific Islands Forum as a result of the latest political developments.

Tuila'epa told reporters the decision is now very clear and the forum leaders are now waiting for the chairman, Toke Talagi, the premier of Niue to inform them of the next move.

According to Tuila'epa, church leaders in Fiji, especially in the Methodist and Catholic churches, must lead the way to approach the interim prime minister and his military regime to seriously consider the situation ahead if they do not listen to the voice of its people and advice from other Pacific leaders.

Tuila'epa has accused the military commander of taking his own country under the power of the gun by limiting the freedom of the media to report freely on the current situation in Fiji.