15 Apr 2009

Samoa's Tuilaepa says strict measures are required on Fiji

10:39 am on 15 April 2009

Some leaders in Pacific nations are calling for more dialogue with Fiji's military government, but without input from New Zealand and Australia.

The deputy prime minister of the Cook Islands, Sir Terepai Maoate, says criticism of the regime must take account of the failure, on many levels, of the two countries' foreign policies.

But Samoa's prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, says Fiji cannot be left to drift, and strict measures are required.

He says Pacific Islands Forum leaders will have a role to play.

"The Forum I am quite sure will continue to try and work to bring about any solution from whatever source it will come to try and reach some resolution to the problem we have at hand."

Tuilaepa says the administration in Fiji does not understand diplomacy.