3 Dec 2012

Fiji says Pacific Islands Forum no longer has any say in PACP

6:19 pm on 3 December 2012

The Fiji interim leader, Commodor Voreqe Bainimarama, has taken issue with Pacific Islands Forum claims that it will continue to be involved with the Pacific members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of nations, the PACP.

Last month in Port Moresby the leadership of the PACP accepted an offer from Papua New Guinea that it host a secretariat for the group.

According to the Fiji leader the Forum says PNG will only host a secretariat for the PACP Leaders, while the Forum will continue services for the other PACP activities and meetings.

But Commodore Bainimarama says it is the understanding of the PACP leadership that there be a complete separation between the Forum Secretariat and the PACP.

He says this is largely to facilitate Fiji's full and regularised participation in the PACP, at all levels.

Commodore Bainimarama says the Forum Secretariat had violated Fiji's rights by not allowing it to attend meetings it was fully entitled to attend.