1 May 2009

Architect of Fiji's constitution says sad day if Fiji suspended from Forum

11:02 am on 1 May 2009

A historian and architect of Fiji's abrogated constitution says it will be a sad day for Fiji if it is suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum.

An ultimatum for the country to produce a credible timetable for holding elections expires at midnight, but Fiji's President has said there'll be no election before 2014.

Dr Brij Lal, from the Australian National University in Canberra, says suspension will have serious consequences.

"All kinds of sporting links that will be at risk, we already have travel sanctions in place, perhaps some bilateral trade and aid agreements might be reconsidered. But but I think more than anything else, expulsion from Forum will symbolically very important, I mean Fiji will become a pariah state."

Dr Brij Lal from the Australian National University.

The head of the military-led government in Fiji, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, is currently attending an Asian Development Bank meeting in Bali.