7 Sep 2007

Pacific Forum officials meet over Fiji's return to emergency regulations

5:25 pm on 7 September 2007

A Pacific Islands Forum body working with the interim Fiji government to try and get the country back to democracy has held a special meeting today following the re-imposition of emergency regulations yesterday.

The members say the decision is a further obstacle to the restoration of democracy.

They called for the military and the interim government to ensure respect for the human rights of all people, and encouraged Fiji to pursue the path back to democracy through dialogue and peaceful means.

The meeting included officials from Australia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, New Z ealand, Papua New Guinea, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Tuvalu.

It will meet again on 19 September.