10 Apr 2007

Fiji interim administration welcomes Joint Working Group

10:21 am on 10 April 2007

Fiji has welcomed the setting up of a Joint Working Group between Fiji and members of the Pacific Islands Forum.

The working group aims to establish a roadmap on a way forward following a meeting of Forum foreign ministers in Vanuatu last month.

Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Bainimarama, says Fiji is keen to invest adequate time and resources in the work of the Joint Working Group.

He says Fiji would like to pursue meaningful engagement, particularly on the roadmap for Fiji's return to true parliamentary democracy.

Commodore Bainimarama says there are obviously divergent views on the time frame Fiji is proposing to that being promoted by the Forum and others.

But he says it is important that there is thorough scrutiny of both roadmaps so that each side understands the other on the justification for their respective positions.

Fiji's representatives on the Joint Working Group are the permanent secretary in the Prime Minister's Office, Pramesh Chand, and the special adviser in the ministry of foreign affairs, Isikeli Mataitoga.