18 Nov 2005

Forum says role in Tonga only at invitation of kingdom

4:26 pm on 18 November 2005

The secretary-general of the Pacific Islands Forum, Greg Urwin, says the secretariat has been in contact with the Tongan government over calls for democratic reform.

The pro-democracy movement has intensified its demands for change in recent days with protests in Auckland and a meeting scheduled for the weekend.

Mr Urwin says ever since the 2000 events in Fiji and Solomon Islands, the Forum has seen itself as being potentially more active during national difficulties.

However, Mr Urwin says any involvement would have to come at the invitation of the Tongan government.