1 Mar 2009

McCully to attend Commonwealth meeting on Fiji

3:02 pm on 1 March 2009

Foreign Affair's Minister Murray McCully says he hopes a Commonwealth meeting in London will reinforce a deadline for Fiji to produce a plan for democratic elections.

Mr McCully leaves for Britain on Sunday afternoon, for the meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group.

At a special meeting in Papua New Guinea this January, the Pacific Leaders Forum gave Suva until the first of May to set a timetable for elections.

The forum threatened to suspend Fiji if it didn't comply, and Mr McCully says the Commonwealth meeting will take that into consideration.

While in London, Mr McCully will also meet high level British ministers including Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

He will then go to Paris on Thursday where he will meet his French counterparts.

Mr McCully will also promote the 2011 Rugby World Cup while in London and Paris.