7 Sep 2009

Isolation means nothing to Fiji regime - Beddoes

7:40 pm on 7 September 2009

The leader of Fiji's United People's Party says the interim prime minister Frank Bainimarama will only hold elections when he's ready, no matter how much international pressure is applied.

The Commonwealth suspended Fiji last week because of its refusal to move forward its timetable for elections.

Mick Beddoes, who was the leader of the opposition before the 2006 coup, says international pressure must be maintained.

But he says Fiji's growing isolation through suspension from international bodies means nothing to the military-led government, although a mix of incentives coupled with sanctions may be effective.

Former vice president Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi says the reluctance of the people of Fiji to disrupt the country is another reason elections will be delayed.