3 Aug 2010

Commonwealth still hopeful of breakthrough over Fiji impasse

7:07 pm on 3 August 2010

The Commonwealth Secretary General continues to hope the Fiji interim Government can be encouraged to return the country to democracy before 2014.

Fiji is suspended from the Commonwealth over its refusal to hold elections before then.

Kamalesh Sharma says the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, or CMAG, doesn't accept the regime's purported need for more time to prepare for elections.

He says it's urging Fiji to embrace broad-based discussion on returning to democracy as soon as possible.

"''As soon as this is possible we will re-enter into affairs of co-operation with Fiji, but until that happens, in the view of the members of CMAG, this is time scale that is just too extended."