15 Jul 2008

Forum foreign affairs ministers in Fiji

10:05 am on 15 July 2008

The New Zealand foreign minister, Winston Peters, is to meet Fiji's interim leader Frank Bainimarama in Suva this morning.

Last month, Fiji suspended talks with the Fiji Joint Working Group, citing New Zealand and Australia's neo-colonial attitudes as one reason.

Mr Peters is one of six foreign ministers who've travelled to Fiji to try to reopen dialogue with the interim administration.

The group has a two hour meeting with Commodore Bainimarama scheduled for this morning.

Mr Peters has expressed concern about what he sees as Fiji's 'disengagement' from the Pacific Islands Forum and an apparent move away from a promise to hold elections next year.