1 May 2009

Fiji leader alleges Australian phone tapping, now urges summit after boycotts

12:53 pm on 1 May 2009

Fiji's interim prime minister, Frank Bainamarama, has told the newspaper The Australian that he has confronted Australia's foreign minister with evidence that his phone has been tapped.

Commodore Bainimarama says Stephen Smith neither admitted nor denied the practice which the Commodore says is in defiance of Fiji laws.

He made the comment as he called for talks with the Australian and New Zealand prime ministers to discuss his refusal to hold elections this year.

As a deadline of midnight tonight looms for Fiji's partial suspension from the Pacific Islands Forum, Commodore Bainimarama says polls won't happen before September 2014.

His call for a summit comes after he refused to attend the Forum meeting in Papua New Guinea in January and boycotted the Forum in Niue last year.

In 2007, he said Fiji would hold elections by March of this year but he then revisited his position to now say they won't be held for another five years as he wants to change the electoral system.