11 Jul 2009

Fiji's interim regime wins support of MSG

8:10 am on 11 July 2009

Fiji's interim regime has won the support of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

After meeting Friday with the Prime Ministers of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, Commodore Frank Bainimarama won their support for the lifting of the suspension of Fiji from the Pacific Islands Forum.

The announcement came at the end of a day-long meeting of the leaders at a retreat in Vanuatu.

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, told the ABC he has been convinced that some of Mr Bainimarama's plans were good for Fiji.

"We support what he was doing, and allow him to get the process in place. He said 2014, but you know, under the presidential decree. We left it for him to make a judgement...he's a better judge of what's to come in Fiji."

The Melanesian countries say they'll take Fiji's case to the Pacific Islands Forum at next month's meeting in Cairns, Australia.