2 Oct 2008

Mick Beddoes ready to enter dialogue to try and end Fiji impasse

3:03 pm on 2 October 2008

One of the Fiji interim government's most vocal critics, the ousted opposition leader Mick Beddoes, says he's willing to engage in dialogue, with no strings attached.

Mick Beddoes, like deposed Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase, had earlier insisted that terms of reference be established first before engaging in political dialogue.

Fijilive quotes Mr Beddoes as saying he's prepared to participate in discussions without an agenda, saying that could be discussed later with all parties involved.

Mr Beddoes says with Fiji's current stagnant economy, it's important to get moving on the political resolution now.

He plans to communicate his altered position to the interim Prime Minister's office today.

Changes to Fiji's race-based electoral system are among key issues the interim PM Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama wants discussed with Fiji's political leaders.