26 Aug 2002

Fiji's Labour Party suspends dialogue with PM Qarase

11:44 am on 26 August 2002

Fiji's Labour leader, Mahendra Chaudry, says the Party has suspended its informal "talanoa" talks with the Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, until the Supreme Court decision on the multi-party cabinet is known.

Mr Chaudhry says the decision was reached at Labour's National Council meeting at the weekend.

He says the National Council felt that the government was deliberately delaying constituting the Supreme Court to finalise the cabinet case and was acting in bad faith.

Mr Chaudhry says the National Council also noted that issues of concern to the party's constitutents were not being addressed by the government which seemed to be pre-occupied with pushing its own agenda during the informal talks.

He says while a general consensus may be possible through dialogue, the actual detailed negotiations and discussions must remain the preserve of the parliamentary process.