3 Jun 2010

Forum group visit to Fiji is up to Suva, says NZ foreign minister

1:11 pm on 3 June 2010

New Zealand's foreign minister, Murray McCully, says it is up to Fiji's interim Prime Minister to invite Forum Ministers to visit the country.

Fiji's interim foreign minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, extended an invitation to the Pacific Islands Forum's Ministerial Contact Group to better assess the situation there.

The Contact Group, comprised of the Prime Minister of Tonga, the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand, and Ministers standing in for the leaders of Tuvalu and Samoa, met in Auckland this week.

They said the situation in Fiji has worsened.

Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has now cancelled the invitation.

He told FijiLive the invitation no longer stands because Forum leaders are not serious about a dialogue with Fiji.

Mr McCully says it is entirely up to the Commodore whether to choose to engage with the Contact Group.