9 Nov 2010

Bainimarama says US should engage directly with Fiji

9:45 am on 9 November 2010

Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says the United States should engage Fiji directly and not rely on Australia and New Zealand.

During her visit to the Pacific, the United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Fiji's military regime to return Fiji to democracy as promised and said the US would be working with Australia and New Zealand towards democratic elections in 2014.

But Commodore Bainimarama has told Fiji Live the US should not rely on two countries which have failed miserably in their dealings with Fiji and which don't have High Commissioners in Fiji.

The website also reports the Commodore did not want to comment on Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's comments that she was skeptical about Fiji returning to the polls in 2014.

He said it was a change of tune from what she said when she first came to power and that was to engage Fiji.