24 Oct 2007

Fiji's Bainimarama says he will be ready to hear from Qarase

7:22 am on 24 October 2007

Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has written to his deposed counterpart saying he will be ready to hear from Laisenia Qarase when discussions begin on the People's Charter.

Radio Legend reports that Commodore Bainimarama was responding to a letter from Mr Qarase on the interim prime minister's offer of talks between the two men.

Commodore Bainimarama has told the radio station the best time and place for discussions with Mr Qarase will be during the People's Charter meetings.

But Commodore Bainimarama, who is co-chairman of those meetings with the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop Petero Mataca, adds that some ground rules will have to be set before the discussions begin.

Mr Qarase has already rejected the People's Charter saying it will be outside the constitution and will not bind any elected government in the future which is why his SDL party has not supported it.