29 Sep 2008

Commonwealth disappointed over delay to Fiji elections

6:11 am on 29 September 2008

The Commonwealth says it's disappointed that Fiji's leader says he can't hold elections in March.

The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group met in New York at the weekend to discuss Fiji's possible return to democratic civilian government.

In a statement, the group, said it was disappointed in the interim prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, who told the UN he would not be able to meet the March deadline as promised before.

But the group said a Forum visit to Fiji this year "could provide an important opportunity for constructive engagement aimed at progressing a return to democracy".

Commonwealth ministers noted that December marks two years since the coup.

They said they would meet again early next year when they would consider further measures to bring democracy back to Fiji.