9 Oct 2014

Forum mum on Fiji re-admission

12:51 pm on 9 October 2014

The Secretariat of the Pacific Islands Forum is not commenting on when Fiji's suspension from the body might be lifted.

Fiji was suspended from the regional body five years ago for failing to hold elections in 2009.

But as of three weeks ago Fiji has a democratically elected government, headed by Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama, who had been running the country after seizing control in 2006.

This would appear to meet conditions for Fiji to re-enter the body but the organisation will only say that its Ministerial Contact Group has to make a recommendation to Pacific leaders before any re-admission.

Fiji has previously said it is not interested in re-joining the Forum if New Zealand and Australia remain members.

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Photo: RNZ