6 Oct 2010

Fiji contradicts Rudd denial about UN meeting

2:31 pm on 6 October 2010

Fiji's interim foreign minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, is adamant his Australian counterpart offered to meet him after the United Nations General Assembly.

This comes after Kevin Rudd's office denied that he made any offers of further dialogue to Ratu Inoke in New York last week.

The Fiji Sun reports Ratu Inoke as saying he is surprised Mr Rudd has chosen to deny the event.

He claimed that after delivering his address and on shaking hands Mr Rudd said 'We must talk more'.

Ratu Inoke says Australia does not seem to be able to make up its mind whether it wants a rapprochement with Fiji, accusing it of playing diplomatic hide and seek.

He says Fiji is not interested in playing games and stands ready to engage with any country that genuinely wishes to contribute to the advancement of Fiji.