22 Jul 2011

Ratu Tevita Mara wants Forum countries to intervene in Fiji

1:59 pm on 22 July 2011

Fiji's pro-democracy movement is lobbying Pacific Islands Forum countries about the need for further intervention in Fiji.

The former army Colonel Tevita Mara is in New Zealand for five days of meetings with Fiji pro-democracy groups, and has also met with senior foreign affairs officials.

He will return to Tonga on Monday, and then travel to Samoa.

Colonel Mara says he can not understand why Fiji is still the chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, and he will be talking to other Forum countries.

"Just highlighting the issues in Fiji. I know they are not fully aware of the reality of what is happening in Fiji. And also the need for them to get together and discuss a consolidated and concerted effort to bringing back democratic change in Fiji. Since we're coming up to the forum islands meeting in September."

Colonel Tevita Mara says if it comes to it, the forum may have to invoke the Biketawa declaration, which allows for military intervention.