22 Aug 2008

One-day post-forum talks under way in Niue

2:00 pm on 22 August 2008

More than a dozen international representatives have flown to Niue, for talks with Pacific Islands Forum members.

They include delegates from the United States, the European Union, China and Britain.

Fiji has been boycotting this week's meeting and now faces a threat of expulsion for reneging on last year's promise to hold elections by March.

Don Wiseman reports.

"The quick fire trip is because of the lack of accommodation on the island which has just the one hotel and that is taken up by the Pacific leaders who completed their Forum summit yesterday but remain on Niue. The officials from countries such as Italy, France, Canada, the United States, Britain, Japan and China are receiving a briefing on the Forum's communique, and the region's leaders are looking for input into the development projects within the Pacific Plan. The dialogue partners meanwhile are looking to extend their influence in the region. Most bi-lateral meetings held in conjunction with the dialogue will be staged in Auckland through which both groups need to transit. Taiwan, which is not a dialogue partner, but which has significant support in the Pacific, is holding its own discussions at a motel on the island later this afternoon."