30 Jun 2009

MSG to take Fiji concerns to Forum summit in Cairns

1:42 pm on 30 June 2009

Fiji's political concerns are to be raised at the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting in Cairns next month by the Melanesian Spearhead Group, the MSG.

Radio Vanuatu says the chair of the MSG, Vanuatu's Prime Minister Edward Natapei, confirms he is trying to convene an MSG summit next month to address Fiji's political situation before the Forum Leaders' meeting in August, and the meeting with France's Prime Minister in New Caledonia in late July.

He says with the interim regime excluded from Forum activities there is no other option for dialogue with Fiji.

Mr Natapei admits that this has come about because Fiji had closed its own door.

But he says Fiji's situation must not be overlooked and the MSG members, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea will meet Fiji in Port Vila to discuss a way forward.

Mr Natapei says he has spoken with the leaders of the MSG countries about the need for an urgent summit, but no date has yet been set.