23 Jan 2009

PNG postpones Tuesday's Forum summit on Fiji

10:01 pm on 23 January 2009

A special Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Papua New Guinea to discuss Fiji's political situation has been postponed.

The PNG government has heeded a call by Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, to put off Tuesday's talks as he is tied up with the aftermath of recent floods.

The meeting was to discuss targetted measures in response to Fiji's refusal to hold elections by this March - just over two years after the Commodore seized power in a coup.

The PNG prime minister, Sir Michael Somare, has proposed that the summit now be held on February the 10th.

This is expected to see Commodore Bainimarama being able to attend.

He boycotted the last Forum in Niue last August.