8 Sep 2009

Commonwealth's special representative arrives in Fiji

10:57 am on 8 September 2009

A special representative of the Commonwealth arrives in Fiji today for a two-day visit that will include a meeting with Fiji's interim prime minister.

Commodore Frank Bainimarama has refused to heed Australia and New Zealand's advice and return the country to democracy before his chosen election date of 2014.

The result has been suspension from the Pacific Islands Forum, the cutting of aid funding from the European Union and, last week, ousting from the Commonwealth.

The visit by Commonwealth special representative Sir Paul Reeves is a reflection of the Commonwealth's commitment to continue engaging with Fiji.

A Commonwealth statement said Sir Paul will look at opportunities for continued Commonwealth engagement in support of an inclusive and time-bound national political dialogue, to facilitate the return of constitutional democracy.