7 Aug 2013

Solomons reiterates call for Fiji to rejoin Forum

10:24 am on 7 August 2013

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo says the time is right for the Pacific Islands Forum to lift Fiji's suspension from the bloc.

Speaking in Fiji, Mr Lilo said Fiji was one of the founding members and he sees no reason why Fiji should be left out.

He says the Pacific Islands Forum can only work if it engages with Fiji more positively.

Last year, Mr Lilo stayed away from the Forum summit but suggested Solomon Islands would lobby on Fiji's behalf for its readmission.

Fiji was suspended in 2009 after its leader, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, reneged on a 2007 promise to Forum leaders that he would cede power to an elected government in 2009.

Since then, he has abrogated the constitution but promised to hold next year.