3 Aug 2010

NZ's PM says Forum stance on Fiji will be reaffirmed in Vanuatu

6:50 am on 3 August 2010

New Zealand's Prime Minister, John Key, says the stance the Pacific Islands Forum continues to take towards Fiji will be reaffirmed in Vanuatu this week.

Mr Key leaves New Zealand this afternoon for the annual meeting of regional leaders.

The leaders will consider progress that's been made under the Pacific Plan, which was launched in 2005 to improve regional security, governance and economic growth.

They'll also receive the latest report from the Ministerial Contact Group on Fiji.

Mr Key says its general tone is to reaffirm the stance taken by the forum in pushing for elections in Fiji.

"But it also reaffirms the view that are a family in the Pacific and having Fiji excluded from the Forum is something which happens in sorrow and not in anger and to help the people of Fiji, there readmitance is important but it can only happen when we see demonstrated evidence that we are on the pathway to democracy."

New Zealand's Prime Minister, John Key.