9 Sep 2011

Pacific Islands Forum continues its stance on Fiji

8:46 am on 9 September 2011

The Pacific Islands Forum has continued its stance on Fiji, but allowed the suspended country to participate in regional trade talks.

Fiji has been suspended from the Forum since 2009, over its refusal to return to democracy.

The Forum Chair, New Zealand's Prime Minister, John Key, says discussion over the PACER Plus regional trade deal, will be at official level only.

He says the meetings won't be organised by the Secretariat, but it is important for Fiji to have some representation.

"There was a unanimous view, it was consensus and there was certainly no need or desire for any kind of vote, leaders did express their concerns about a number of issues that they see in Fiji, they do want to see the restoration of democracy in Fiji."

John Key.

Leaders expressed disappointment that the Ministerial Contact Group did not visit Fiji before the meeting.