6 Aug 2010

Pacific leaders stand firm on Fiji suspension

10:16 am on 6 August 2010

There have been no dramatic new policy developments from Pacific Island Forum leaders who've issued their communique at the conclusion of the 41st leader summit in Port Vila.

Johnny Blades reports that the leaders have put special emphasis on improving the Pacific's performance on the Millennium Development Goals on human and social development.

"Some well entrenched issues were discussed by leaders at their special retreat. On the Fiji situation the leaders noted that there has been no improvement regarding Fiji's plans to return to democracy and the country's suspension from the Forum still stands. The leaders spoke about trade talks, fisheries protection and renewable energy, as well as ensuring better access to climate change financing for vulnerable island states. The leaders endorsed the Port Vila Declaration on accelerating the Millennium Development Goals, and as part of moves to improve the delivery of aid to the region they have re-affirmed the priorities of the Pacific Plan - the Forum's overarching document on regional development, which is almost five years old now."