4 Mar 2009

Fiji's Bainimarama fails to live up to Pacific way says Samoa's Tuilaepa

12:27 pm on 4 March 2009

The Prime Minister of Samoa says Fiji's interim leader has failed to live up to the Pacific way.

Last week Commodore Frank Bainimarama accused Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi of being unpacific in questioning whether he was sober when he claimed Apia's position on Fiji was dictated by New Zealand.

But the Samoan Prime Minister says the Commodore has been un-Pacific in his disrespect of other Pacific leaders, and by overthrowing the elected government.

And he says the seriousness of the situation in Fiji means he and other leaders are speaking out even if this goes against the Pacific tradition of politeness.

"In not saying anything about the wrongdoer it is hoped that by some kind of divine intervention it is hoped that the problem will be solved through the passage of time. But in this instance the reports that come out about people being very frightened to speak out, it is shocking."

Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.