14 Sep 2015

Fiji calls for changes to Pac Forum

5:50 pm on 14 September 2015

The Fiji Foreign Minister says there needs to be changes to the way the Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting is run.

Fiji Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola

Fiji Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola Photo: supp

Ratu Inoke Kubuabola attended last weeks summit in Port Moresby in place of Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama who has protested about the influence of Australia and New Zealand at the Forum.

Fiji was welcomed back into the Forum fold after a six year absence due to their suspension.

Ratu Inoke says he was happy with the reception but feels the Forum still needs to undergo reform.

"Just sitting through the meetings, there needs to be some reforms because there is a lot of paperwork and a lot of meetings but I am not sure whether the end result is coming out as the leaders would like to see come out."

Ratu Inoke says the aim of Fiji's Pacific Islands Development Forum is to complement the Pacific Islands Forum and not rival it.

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