13 Dec 2006

Indian Council urges Commonwealth role to deal with Fiji crisis

3:37 pm on 13 December 2006

The director general of the Indian Council of World Affairs, Talmiz Ahmad, says reaction to the coup in Fiji can best be handled by an organisation like the Commonwealth.

This is Fiji's fourth coup in 19 years and Mr Ahmad says the problem has become endemic.

He says the Commonwealth, which has suspended Fiji, could play a constructive role in dealing with the issue.

"India is keeping itself informed about what is happening. We are in touch with Australia in this regard. The sense is that for this moment, we should not intervene robustly and do anything. It is an unstable situation and I think quiet diplomacy and constructive engagement may see us through rather than something which is done precipitately."

Talmiz Ahmad.