20 Jul 2010

Solomons leader says he wanted Fiji to head MSG

8:03 pm on 20 July 2010

The Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Dr Derek Sikua, has been quoted by Fiji media saying his Government was never against the plan for Fiji's Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama to assume the chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

The MSG was to meet this week in Fiji but the meeting was scuttled with the current chair Vanuatu Prime Minister, Edward Natapei, saying it was a collective decision involving Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia's FLNKS.

Dr Sikua is in Fiji for the replacement meeting which the interim regime has called Engaging Fiji.

The Fiji Village website quotes Dr Sikua saying Mr Natapei made the decision to scrap the meeting after consulting some lawyers.

The website says Dr Sikua expects an MSG leaders summit to be held soon to resolve the issue of who should be chair.