9 Sep 2009

Cook Islands says Pacific can not force democracy on Fiji

6:16 pm on 9 September 2009

The Cook Islands has echoed the stance of New Zealand by saying nothing can be done by Pacific Island nations to force Fiji to restore democracy.

Fiji was suspended from the Commonwealth last week after failing to announce that elections would be held next year.

The Cook Islands Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Sir Terepai Maoate, says the failure of the interim Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama to comply with reasonable conditions is further isolating Fiji.

But he says dialogue must be maintained with Fiji's military leadership.

The Deputy Prime Minister says the Cook Islands does not wish to benefit from Fiji's misfortunes, but statistics show more Australian tourists have been visiting his country recently.