15 Apr 2009

Cook Islands Maoate says Bainimarama feels cornered and bullied

10:32 am on 15 April 2009

Some leaders in Pacific nations are calling for more dialogue with Fiji's military government.

But they say input from New Zealand and Australia won't be helpful, and the failure of the two countries' foreign policies in bringing about a return to democracy needs to be taken into account.

The deputy prime minister of the Cook Islands, Sir Terepai Maoate, says Fiji's Commodore Frank Bainimarama, feels cornered and bullied.

He says while that situation doesn't help, talks should still be pursued.

"It may not be a group of people it maybe one at a time or one to one that sort of thing. You only have to find a process where there will be trust in the two parties to sit down and go through the process of dialogue."

Sir Terepai Maoate says the military commander will need careful handling if progress is to be made.