27 Apr 2015

Leaders must address Forum headquarters - Tuilaepa

2:10 pm on 27 April 2015

Samoa's prime minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi says the Pacific Islands Forum must address whether its headquarters should remain in the Fiji capital, Suva.

Samoa's prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

Samoa's prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi Photo: Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

Tuilaepa has spoken out about Fiji's demands for changes to the make-up of the Forum and his Fijian counterpart's refusal to attend this year's summit unless Australia and New Zealand leave.

In a statement to the state- owned newspaper, The Savali, Tuilaepa says the Forum would continue to move from strength to strength.

He says if Frank Bainimarama is serious with his plan not to attend the Papua New Guinea summit he must formally notify the chair, the president of Palau, through the secretary general, Dame Meg Taylor.

Dame Meg said earlier this month that her attempts to speak with Mr Bainimarama since her arrival four months ago have failed.

Tuilaepa says the leaders must decide at the September meeting whether to move the Forum Secretariat out of Fiji.

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