2 Jun 2009

Samoa's head of state gives message to Fiji on Independence Day

1:21 pm on 2 June 2009

Samoa's head of State, Tuia Tua Tupua Tamasese Efi, has used his country's Independence Day celebrations to send a message to Fiji's interim regime.

During his address to mark the 47th year since Samoa gain its independence, Tuiatua spoke of the importance of good governance and the impact of the global financial crisis.

Our correspondent in Apia, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, said most of the message was directed at Samoa's government, but some was also directed at a wider audience:

"He urged the leaders of the Pacific and also the leaders of Fiji to work together for Fiji to return back to democracy."

Our correspondent estimates between 3,000 or 4,000 people have gathered in Apia for the festivities.

Independence Day celebrations continue with another days holiday and further cultural events tomorrow.