3 Aug 2009

Fiji regime dismisses Commonwealth ultimatum

2:25 pm on 3 August 2009

The interim prime minister of Fiji has dismissed a warning by the Commonwealth that it will suspend the nation if elections are not held by next year.

Commodore Frank Bainimarama has told the internet website Fijilive the threat won't distract him from the roadmap he has outlined for the country.

The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group issued an ultimatum on Saturday, saying Fiji will be suspended from the group in September, if it fails to hold elections by next year.

The Commodore told Fijilive his interim government, which took power after a coup, has not received any letter from the Commonwealth to inform him of its decision.

Fiji has already been suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum and will not be represented at this week's Forum meetings in Cairns.