15 Dec 2008

Minor Fiji political parties speak out at Pacific Forum threats

4:13 pm on 15 December 2008

Six political parties in Fiji have condemned the threat by the Pacific Islands Forum that Fiji might be suspended from the regional body.

The parties involved are the Conservative Alliance Matanitu Vanua, Justice and Freedom Party, General Voters Party, National Alliance, Party of National Unity and the SVT.

Fiji Times Online reports that representatives of the parties met on Saturday to discuss why they were snubbed by the Ministerial Contact Group during its visit last week.

The General Voters Party leader, Fred Caine, says Australia and New Zealand have done nothing to support Fiji and were just pressuring for general elections.

The parties have formed the People's Movement for Political Reform to affirm their collective belief in the President's Political Dialogue Forum.

They are also calling on President Ratu Josefa Iloilo to promulgate the President's Forum as the only vehicle for taking the country forward.

Mr Caine says the forum should be the designated legal forum so that every citizen of the country has the right to make submissions to it.