29 Aug 2011

Former Forum official says organisation needs to resolve Fiji situation

4:51 am on 29 August 2011

A former senior Pacific Islands Forum official says the regional organisation will not achieve anything until it resolves the situation with Fiji.

Roman Grynberg was the Forum's director of economic governance, and is now working in Africa.

Fiji has been suspended from the Forum since May 2009, and has been excluded from talks on the PACER PLUS regional trade deal.

Mr Grynberg says Fiji is the elephant in the room at Forum meetings.

"Pacer plus can not go forward, anything to do with integration can not go forward, without including Fiji. It becomes a patent nonsense, and it becomes obvious once officials in canberra and Wellington start thinking about it. So until that matter is resolved, I honestly don't see how the forum will be capable of saying very much."

Roman Grynberg says it seems nobody has the will to find a solution to the Fiji issue.