21 Apr 2009

UN Security Council is demanding Fiji move towards democracy

7:54 am on 21 April 2009

The United Nations Security Council is demanding that Fiji moves towards democracy and hold elections as soon as possible.

The Security Council met this morning in New York to discuss Fiji.

After a briefing from U.N. political department chief B. Lynn Pascoe, the Security Council said it was deeply concerned about the situation in Fiji, where undemocratic decisions were made, including the abrogation of the constitution.

The council's current president, Mexico's Ambassador Claude Heller, says the situation now in Fiji is a step backwards.

She says the council's 15 members "expressed hopes that Fiji would make a steadfast move towards democracy and that free elections will be held at the soonest possible time.