29 Nov 2006

Fiji talks in Wellington end, military chief to return to Suva

1:24 pm on 29 November 2006

Fiji's military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has left a meeting in Wellington aimed at trying to resolve the current political dispute in Fiji.

Commodore Bainimarama had been meeting at Government House with Fiji's Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase, in talks brokered by the New Zealand government.

The talks lasted for over an hour and a half but no details of the outcome have been released.

A press secretary of the New Zealand foreign minister, Winston Peters, says the meeting concluded just after midday to enable Commodore Bainimarama to catch his scheduled flight back to Fiji.

The two Fiji leaders were to discuss the Commodore's threat to remove the government if his demands for legislative changes are not met.

The talks were arranged on short notice after Australia warned last week that the Fiji military was set to stage a coup within two weeks.

The foreign ministers of the Pacific Islands Forum countries are due to meet in Sydney on Friday to discuss the situation in Fiji.