2 Sep 2011

Regional meeting endorses Fiji regime's election plan

4:33 pm on 2 September 2011

The Fiji interim government's alternative to the Pacific Islands Forum summit has issued a communique saying the nations which attended see Fiji's Strategic Framework for Change as a credible homegrown process in preparing the country for elections in 2014.

The leaders of Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu and Solomon Islands attended along with representatives from Nauru, Vanuatu, Tonga, Kiribati, the Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia and the Marshall Islands.

They say Fiji, which has been suspended from the Forum, needs to be supported in efforts to publicise its economic and political progress.

The leaders backed French Polynesia's push to be re-inscribed on the United Nations decolonisation list.

They have backed the establishment of a Regional Police Academy and say a technical working group should be set up to look into donor aid funding.

They thanked the PNG government for offering employment opportunities to small island states as the country's economy continues to soar.