25 Aug 2009

Fiji's Matanitu Vanua backs Melanesian support over regional approach to interim regime

8:54 pm on 25 August 2009

A Fiji political party that is supportive of the interim Government, says Fiji's links with the other Melanesian countries provide a welcome counter to the co-ordinated moves against Fiji by some Polynesian countries and New Zealand and Australia.

It follows the reiteration of the Melanesian Spearhead Group's support for Fiji to be included in negotiations on the PACER Plus trade deal.

Meeting in Suva this week, the MSG foreign ministers said the organisation is opposed to the potential economic fragmentation of the Pacific, but suggest they might establish a sub-regional deal.

The spokesman for the Conservative Alliance/Matanitu Vanua, Ropate Sivo, says Samoa and Niue have become mouthpieces for New Zealand and Australia.

"All along the Polynesian countries, and the Micronesians, they have been supporting Australia and New Zealand. Yeah Australia and New Zealand, they don't seem to understand, the two don't seem to understand our problem. Now the Melanesian Spearhead Group, we are the same people - they do understand us."