10 Jan 2013

Samoa PM says Fiji constitution burning despicable

2:17 pm on 10 January 2013

Samoa's Prime Minister says the burning and confiscation of copies of Fiji's draft constitution is ugly and despicable.

The regime has confirmed to the website Fiji Live that copies of the document were sequestered by police on the government's instruction, and shredded printer's proofs were destroyed.

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says the move gives the sense that Fiji authorities are not sincere in their declared intention to proceed with elections in 2014.

"Which leaves one to wonder whether really, the Prime Minister really meant what he had already proclaimed. And it is for the Prime Minister now to come out and say exactly what his next moves will be."

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says the Pacific Islands Forum ministerial contact group may need to follow up on the situation.