5 May 2009

Solomons says Fiji's MSG membership unchanged by Forum suspension

3:12 pm on 5 May 2009

The Prime Minister of Solomon Islands says Fiji remains a member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group despite its suspension from the Pacific Islands Forum.

Dr Derek Sikua says Fiji's suspension from the Forum is consistent with the resolutions made at its meeting in Port Moresby, but the recent developments in Fiji were not part of those deliberations.

Dr Sikua says his government wrote to the Chair of the Forum, Toke Talagi, seeking a postponement of any action against Fiji, pending further reflection by Forum leaders.

But he says the Forum Chair has acted consistently with the Port Moresby resolutions and the region must now live within these realities.

Dr Sikua says there is currently no discussion on whether Fiji's status within the Melanesian Spearhead Group should be changed, and any decision would be made by the group's leaders.