25 Oct 2010

Solomon MP say Fiji leader wants MSG nations to bow to his demands

7:38 am on 25 October 2010

A senior member of Solomon's Islands opposition, Matthew Wale, has described Fiji's Prime Minister, Commodore Bainimarama, as someone who wants countries of the MSG to bow down to his demands.

A special meeting of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, planned to be held in Solomon Islands this week to resolve an impasse over the chairmanship the group, has been postponed.

The Solomon Islands prime minister, Danny Philip, is reported to want more time to consider the proposed plan to hand over the chairmanship from Vanuatu to Fiji via Solomon Islands.

The meeting was apparently agreed when leaders attended the UN General Assembly in New York last month.

However, Commodore Bainimarama said he would not attend, but would send Fiji's Foreign Affair's Minister.

Solomon Island Broadcasting quotes Matthew Wale as saying that the MSG countries should learn from this and not allow Fiji's leader to dictate any matters regarding the Melanesian grouping.