23 Aug 2008

Fiji interim Attorney-General says talks with New Zealand still possible

9:23 am on 23 August 2008

Fiji's Attorney-General says it's still prepared to talk with New Zealand, despite tension surrounding the recent Pacific Islands Forum.

The country's interim leader, Frank Bainimarama, refused to attend the meeting in Niue, saying New Zealand had blocked Fiji from post-forum talks.

During the summit, Pacific leaders warned Fiji that it could face suspension if it does not move towards elections next year.

In response Commodore Bainimarama said the country may move towards democracy on it's own.

But the Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says relations are not beyond repair.

"We have always said that we will enter into dialogue with any xcountry or any person on a constructive basis. It is not as if beacuse Helen Clark has said XYZ we will no longer talk to New Zealand. We of course will."

But Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says New Zealand is not invited to a forum that Fiji is now holding to discuss progress towards elections.