12 Jul 2006

Fiji political leaders meet today to discuss ground rules for multi-party cabinet

10:08 am on 12 July 2006

Fiji's opposition leader, Mick Beddoes, has called for compromises in today's meeting to draw up ground rules to guide the operations of the multi-party cabinet.

The meeting between the prime minister, Laisenia, Qarase, the Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, and Mr Beddoes will take place in Suva this morning.

Mr Beddoes has told Radio Legend that he has studied the paper on the ground rules prepared by Mr Qarase and the Korolevu Declaration drawn up in 1999.

Mr Chaudhry has said he will bring his own proposals to the meeting.

Mr Beddoes says they must all be prepared to compromise and adhere to the wishes of the people who have spoken.

He says it is essential that they go into this meeting with an open mind and be prepared to give a little and take a little.

Mr Qarase says this will be first of a series of meetings to ensure that each party agrees to its responsibilities in the cabinet and parliament.