Wednesday, 6 May 2009 9:34 AM

Dr Sikua on Fiji's Suspension from PIF

Prime Minister Derek Sikua says the suspension of Fiji from the Pacific Islands Forum, PIF, is a decision consistent with the Forum's Port Moresby resolutions.

Dr Sikua says the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders made a resolution at its Port Moresby meeting and the Forum Secretariat has basically implemented those decisions.

However, Dr Sikua says that the recent developments in Fiji were essentially new, and did not form the body of information that was available to Forum leaders at their Port Moresby deliberations.

"That is why the Solomon Islands Government earlier wrote to the Chair of the Forum Leaders seeking a postponement of any action on Fiji, pending further reflection by Forum leaders," said Dr Sikua.

Dr Sikua said the region must "now live within these realities and work to achieve a better outcome based on greater understanding."

Meanwhile, Dr Sikua said that Fiji is still a member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group and will host the 2010 MSG leaders' summit.

Fiji was suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum on May 1 after the country's military leader Frank Bainimarama did not heed the forum's deadline to hold an election in 2009.

Bainimarama has stated that elections will be held in 2014 so that he can overhaul the country's unfair electoral system.