24 Dec 2009

Fiji's Bainimarama says he wants to resume talking after offer from New Zealand Government

4:55 pm on 24 December 2009

The leader of Fiji's interim government has welcomed reports that the New Zealand Government wants to renew engagement.

The New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, this week told Auckland based, Radio Tarana, he's in the process of writing to Commodore Frank Bainimarama to try to engage him in dialogue.

Mr Bainimarama told Radio Tarana he's encouraged by that change of stance.

"We would like to continue dialogue with the New Zealand and Australian Governments. And the commitment that is now being made by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key, is an excellent one."

Commodore Bainimarama says the return of High Commmissioners to Fiji and New Zealand would help to normalise relations between the two countries.

Last month Fiji expelled New Zealand's top diplomat in Suva - the third head of mission to be made to leave Fiji in three years.