9 Sep 2009

Talks underway in Fiji between Reeves and Bainimarama

2:39 pm on 9 September 2009

Talks have begun in Fiji between the Commonwealth special envoy Sir Paul Reeves and the interim Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama.

Fiji Live reports Sir Paul will also meet with the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the Electoral Commission and other key government agencies in an effort to engage with Fiji in its return to democracy.

Fiji was suspended from the Commonwealth last week for failing to announce a 2010 election date, and in a statement Commodore Bainimara said he was looking forward to Sir Paul's visit so he could explain why elections can not be held soon.

The interim regime says its working towards holding elections in 2014, which must be preceded by reforms that will restore true democracy.

Sir Paul is heading a Commonwealth team that's in Fiji for two days of talks.

It is not known whether the former New Zealand Governor General will meet with the ousted prime minister Laisenia Qarase or Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry.