13 Feb 2010

Fiji's interim regime says it remains committed to holding elections in 2014

1:42 pm on 13 February 2010

The military-led regime in Fiji says it remains committed to holding elections in 2014 despite coming under pressure to hold earlier elections during a United Nations review of its human rights record.

During the review in Geneva there were suggestions that UN representatives could visit Fiji to investigate human rights violations such as torture, government influence on the judiciary and media bans.

The Permanent Secretary in the office of the Fiji Prime Minister, Pio Tikoduadua says he would like to see the review's report first, but he does not see the need for this.

And he says elections are not the solution to Fiji's problems.

"If allegations for human rights as the UN is putting it, if they think that elections is going to solve all of that for us then we've been having elections for 40 years and human rights is a consistent issue, not only in Fiji everywhere, so definitely elections is not the answer."

Lieutenant Colonel Tikoduadua says Fiji has been engaging with the UN, and views it as a partner.