14 Oct 2008

Fiji interim Attorney-General says court ruling clears way for dialogue

11:06 am on 14 October 2008

Fiji's interim Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says the High Court ruling on the Laisenia Qarase case against the President, has paved the way for active engagement with Australia and New Zealand.

His comments come after Constitutional Law expert Professor Bill Hodge from Auckland University said countries opposed to Fiji's interim Government could now be expected to recognise it as a legitimate administration.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum has told Fijilive that the reality of the matter was the judgment was based on good law and applicable law and people who are interested in moving Fiji forward will work together with the Government to make sure progress is maintained.

He added it should be noted that criticisms of the ruling has come from non-lawyers and those who have political inclinations, for example the SDL, former opposition leader, Mick Beddoes and Pramod Rae.