6 Sep 2011

Samoa's PM says Fiji should not be re-admitted to Forum

6:22 am on 6 September 2011

Samoa's Prime Minister says Fiji should not be re-admitted to the Pacific Island Forum, until it makes moves to restore democracy.

A number of countries have called for Fiji's suspension to be lifted, following a meeting in Nadi last week.

Fiji has been suspended from the Forum since 2009, over its refusal to hold elections until 2014.

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says Fiji must follow the Forum's rules.

"Those rules are there to be observed. You can't just throw overboard the rules just because of a colleague that is outside and does not wish to observe the rules."

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says the Forum is doing a lot to engage with Fiji, but the ball is in Fiji's court.