13 Oct 2010

Fiji expected to be only issue at special MSG meetings

8:19 pm on 13 October 2010

More details are emerging about a planned special meeting of the Melanesian Spearhead Group starting next week in Solomon Islands.

This meeting comes after the controversial scrapping of a summit which was to have been held in July in Fiji at which Commodore Frank Bainimarama was to assume the chairmanship from Vanuatu's Prime Minister, Edward Natapei.

Mr Natapei's spokesman, George Tarimanu, says officials from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji, and members of New Caledonia''s FLNKS will meet from the 21st October.

He says on the 26th of October foreign ministers will meet and the members' leaders are due to come together on the 27th.

Mr Tarimanu says it's likely Fiji will be the only topic on the agenda and a Melanesian style reconciliation is expected.

"I understand it is going to be a special meeting just to resolve the issue of Fiji."