25 Feb 2010

Reeves hopes for Fiji's return to Commonwealth amid Suva threat of severing link

1:23 pm on 25 February 2010

The Commonwealth's special representative of the Secretary General to Fiji, Sir Paul Reeves, says he hopes Fiji can be supported to take its place again as a full member of the Commonwealth.

Sir Paul's comments come after Commodore Bainimarama told the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation that he would consider withdrawing from the Commonwealth if the association of countries continued to meddle in attempts to move the nation forward.

Sir Paul says the Commonwealth is watching and waiting for progress in Fiji.

"Well of course the Commonwealth observes what's happening and is supportive of the movements to strengthen the relationships. The Commonwealth in fact has suspended Fiji from full membership but it does not mean that they have been evicted. We seek to help Fiji return to full membership."

Sir Paul Reeves denies the accusations of meddling by the Commonwealth, saying after his visit to Fiji in September last year to talk with Commodore Bainimarama, he is willing to return again when the time is opportune.