27 Jul 2012

Sydney talks planned with Fiji foreign minister

1:10 pm on 27 July 2012

The Australian foreign minister Bob Carr says he doesn't believe Fiji should be allowed back into the Pacific Islands Forum just yet.

He was speaking ahead of a meeting in Sydney on Monday with his New Zealand counterpart and the Fiji interim foreign minister.

The meeting will reportedly assess Fiji's moves to return to democracy and its pledge to hold elections in 2014.

Fiji was suspended from the Forum three years ago after it failed to honour its 2007 promise to hold elections.

The Sydney meeting also comes after discussions a week ago in Suva between Ratu Inoke and the New Zealand foreign minister, Murray McCully.

Ratu Inoke said the meeting would be etched in the history books of both countries, but didn't elaborate.

Both Australia and New Zealand have pledged money towards the Fiji regime's reform programme which involves drawing up a constitution to replace the one it abrogated three years ago.