12 Jul 2010

Fiji says so far five non Melanesian countries to attend MSG summit

2:16 pm on 12 July 2010

Fiji has invited Australia and New Zealand to attend next week's Melanesian Spearhead Group meeting as dialogue development partners.

The MSG nations are Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Fiji, with New Caledonia's Kanaks represented by the FLNKS.

The host of the summit in Nadi, Fiji's interim leader, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has extended invitations to non-members to attend what he has dubbed MSG-Plus.

To date Kiribati, Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau have indicated they will attend while Samoa has said it won't.

The Fiji Sun reports there's no word yet on whether New Zealand or Australia will accept the invitation to attend.