17 Oct 2007

Commonwealth Secretary General outlines his concerns with Bainimarama in Tonga

12:31 pm on 17 October 2007

The Commonwealth Secretary General, Don McKinnon, has met Fiji's military ruler, Commodore Frank Bainimarama in Tonga, and says they've agreed to keep talking.

Fiji was suspended from the Commonwealth because of last December's coup.

Don McKinnon says his meeting was candid and he outlined the Commonwealth's concerns about the military takeover in Fiji.

"I think there is some common ground we can work on, it's my task to do what I can to probably speed up the process of coming back to democracy and I guess we concluded by agreeing that we should talk some more, so that may happen even within the next or ten days probably not face to face, but we think there are things we could work with."

The Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Don McKinnon.