27 Nov 2006

Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers meeting called over Fiji

3:38 pm on 27 November 2006

The foreign ministers of the Pacific Islands Forum are to meet in Sydney on Friday to discuss the situation in Fiji amid claims by Australia that the military could stage a coup.

The Forum secretary-general, Greg Urwin, has called the meeting at the request of the Fiji prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, referring to the Biketawa declaration.

The declaration was adopted after the last Fiji coup in 2000 and to allow member countries to deal with threats to their security.

The Solomon Islands foreign minister, Patteson Oti, says the one-day meeting is to look at the rivalry between the military and the government in Fiji.

"IN: We have not been given the details but what we know is that the issue surrounding the difference between the military and the government in Fiji and what is supposedly looming constitutional problem may be (discussed) and how the Forum can be engaged to see what role it could play in this particular situation."

Solomon Islands Foreign Minister, Patteson Oti.