25 Aug 2014

Fiji suggests possible Forum return

4:07 pm on 25 August 2014

The Fiji prime minister, Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama, who has been campaigning in Australia, says if his party wins the election, Fiji will re-look at joining the Pacific Islands Forum.

The Fiji leader made the comment in Sydney, where he met the Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, to discuss the way forward, but no details were given.

Earlier, Fiji suggested it would only rejoin the Forum, if Australia and New Zealand quit the organisation.

Fiji was suspended from the Forum in 2009 after Rear Admiral Bainimarama reneged on a 2007 promise to hold elections.

He says the Forum was not very kind to him and he understands what happened because of what he did in 2006 - a reference to the coup he led to oust the elected government.

He also claims that the new constitution was put together by the people of Fiji.