5 Apr 2007

Joint Forum/Fiji body meets in effort to resolve political crisis

7:56 pm on 5 April 2007

Officials from Fiji and nine other Pacific Islands Forum countries met today to discuss a way out of the Fiji political crisis.

The Pacific Islands Forum-Fiji Joint Working Group on the Situation in Fiji is to hold a series of meetings to discuss the restoration of civilian rule, the upholding of the 1997 Constitution and the cessation of human rights abuses and addressing allegations of abuse.

It follows the Forum sending an eminent person group to Fiji in February, while regional foreign ministers two weeks ago called for a swift return to democratic rule.

The secretary general of the Forum, Greg Urwin, says the meetings are not necessarily about reaching a compromise position.

"But there will be engagement on, as it were, the two positions as regards a timeline and hopefully an agreement in the end that represents a reasonable position."