13 Jul 2009

Fiji leader wants dialogue, but on his terms

2:44 pm on 13 July 2009

Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says he is ready to engage with the international community as long as they understand Fiji's plans like the Melanesian Spearhead Group leaders.

The MSG leaders approved the Fiji regime's plan for elections to be held in five years after they had earlier supported the Forum's position which wanted Commodore Bainimarama to commit to elections this year.

Commodore Bainimarama, who seized power in coup in 2006, says suspensions will definitely not bring the answer.

Speaking to Fijivillage, he was referring to the Forum decision in May to suspend Fiji over its refusal to relinquish power to an elected government this year.

The MSG leaders will now ask next month's Forum summit in Australia to rescind the suspension.

Commodore Bainimarama refused to attend the last two Forum summits, including the one in PNG, which was called to discuss the Fiji situation.