18 Aug 2008

Palau won't attend Forum due to Fiji situation, says President

8:58 pm on 18 August 2008

Palau's President has announced his country will not attend this year's Pacific Island Forum in Niue due to the unresolved Forum issue on the situation in Fiji.

President Tommy Remengesau told the Palau Horizon that Fiji's Interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has not come clean to the Forum on the issue of general elections in Fiji.

Mr Remengesau said it's clear that the Commodore has backed off from this promise to call elections by March next year.

The President says other pressing issues that the forum need to discuss are being pushed aside due to the amount of time the leaders spent on Fiji's situation.