12 Aug 2009

Forum declines comment on alleged Fiji presence at Cairns summit

4:52 pm on 12 August 2009

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat has declined comment on reports that two Fiji officials sneaked into last week's Forum summit in Australia by using Solomon Islands passports.

AAP reported that during the meeting, the two representatives told Papua New Guinea's Post Courier newspaper they attended the event in Cairns to observe, despite Fiji's suspension from the Forum and travel bans on the regime's key members.

The duo from Fiji told the paper they travelled into Australia using Solomon Islands passports.

The Forum Secretariat says following a check on the Forum delegates list and with the Solomon Islands Government, the Secretariat, does not have any comment to make on the story.