Fiji's interim defence minister says the Commonwealth envoy, Sir Paul Reeves, knew before he arrived that he wouldn't be allowed to talk to opposition politicians.
Ratu Epeli Ganilau says the interim government of Frank Bainimarama warned the Commonwealth secretary-general that Sir Paul would have access only to the military leadership.
Sir Paul's visit has raised the hopes of several political parties.
But Ratu Epeli says Commodore Bainimarama was upfront with the Commonwealth about what would not be acceptable.
"Well the prime minister made it quite clear, you know, that he was not going to entertain any political parties during this discussion and Secretary General was forewarned about this before Sir Paul Reeves."
Ratu Epeli Ganilau says the interim government sees Sir Paul's visit, coming after last week's Commonwealth suspension, as a positive sign.