28 Nov 2006

New Zealand to host Fiji talks

2:21 pm on 28 November 2006

Fiji's military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, is to remain in New Zealand after agreeing to stay in the country to hold talks with the Fiji prime minister, Laisenia Qarase.

The spokesperson for New Zealand's foreign affairs minister, Winston Peters, says Mr Qarase is expected to fly out of Fiji this afternoon for the talks.

This follows intensive negotiations by Mr Peters who has held several meetings with Commodore Bainimarama, who's in New Zealand on a private visit.

The Fijilive news website reports that Mr Qarase will meet the army commander, the New Zealand prime minister, Helen Clark and Mr Peters.

The talks have been organised by Miss Clark following growing concerns about a coup in Fiji.