Fiji to remain suspended from Pacific Islands Forum

09:56, June 01, 2010      

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Fiji will remain suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum because no significant progress has been made in persuading its interim government to return to democracy, regional leaders said.

The forum's ministerial contact group met in Auckland on Monday for an update on its attempts to talk the military regime of Commodore Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama into holding elections.

After the meeting, New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully said Fiji, represented by its Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, had presented a report which contained familiar shortcomings.

"The engagement of people in Fiji in the dialogue of reform does not include all of the stakeholders in Fiji, which is the reason we have been unable to make significant progress," the New Zealand Press Association quoted McCully as saying.

Australian Foreign Minister Steven Smith said the forum remained "very strongly attached" to the resolution from its leaders that Fiji be suspended because of its moves away from democracy.

Both foreign ministers said continued dialogue with Fiji was necessary.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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