16 Aug 2012

Fiji's Kubuabola briefs Martin during MSG's Noumea visit

3:13 pm on 16 August 2012

Fiji's interim foreign minister has used the New Caledonia visit of the Melanesian Spearhead Group to discuss bilateral issues.

Ratu Inoke Kubuabola is leading the MSG delegation on a four-day tour evaluating progress of the implementation of the Noumea Accord on greater autonomy.

The visit will also prepare next year's MSG summit which is to be hosted by New Caledonia's pro-independence FLNKS Movement.

The foreign ministry in Suva says Ratu Inoke briefed New Caledonia's President, Harold Martin, about preparations for elections Fiji has promised for 2014.

The MSG visit was announced for the beginning of last month but was abruptly deferred amid objections that it was to be led by the MSG chair, the Fiji regime leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

He reportedly never applied for a French visa after the election success of New Caledonia's Philippe Gomes who said while he welcomed an MSG delegation there was no call to host the region's only dictator