25 Sep 2008

Pacific Forum chair welcomes Fiji moves to re-engage

10:38 am on 25 September 2008

The Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum has welcomed moves by

Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, to re-engage with the Forum.

Commodore Bainimarama has written to the chair, Niue's Premier Toke Talagi, setting out proposals for the way forward for Fiji's return to democracy.

This comes after the Fiji interim regime's boycott of last month's Forum Leaders Summit on Niue, and its move to suspend talks with the Forum Joint Working Group on Fiji in June.

Mr Talagi, who has been critical of Fiji's summit boycott, says he's pleased that the Commodore is prepared to re-engage.

"He wants to re-engage with the groups that have been working with them in the past, and that's they joint consultative group and the ministerial contact group. And the Forum is pleased that he wants to do that because obviously we want to continue a dialogue to ensure that we can encourage them to hold elections by March as he promised."

Toke Talagi says the Forum is preparing a response to Commodore Bainimarama's letter.