1 Dec 2009

Fiji has not ruled out moving for suspension of a key trade deal

11:14 am on 1 December 2009

Fiji has not ruled out moving for the suspension of a key trade deal if signatories to it do not respond in good faith to its stated intention to suspend Part 2 of the Agreement.

As a suspended member of the Pacific Islands Forum fiji cannot participate in any Forum-related meetings or negotiations, including the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations, or PACER.

Fiji Live reports state solicitor Luke Daunivalu, as saying the Government has taken steps to protect Fiji's interest in light of continuing discussions and negotiations - minus Fiji - by parties to PACER and its successor PACER-Plus.

It had tried unsuccessfully to invoke Article15 of the PACER treaty, which dealt with dispute resolution and required the response "in good faith" of PACER parties.

He says last week a letter was sent to all the PACER parties setting out clear steps of what Fiji expects from the other parties.

Mr Daunivalu says in the event where there is no response by the 21st of December, the likelihood of taking actual suspension steps of PACER will be considered.