13 Jul 2009

Consensus against Fiji intact, says Key

3:23 pm on 13 July 2009

Prime Minister John Key believes a Pacific-wide consensus against Fiji's military regime has not been broken, despite three Melanesian countries supporting the interim government of Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

Leaders of the countries that form the Melanesian Spearhead Group - Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu - have praised Commodore Bainimarama's plans to delay elections until 2014.

The countries say they will lobby the Pacific Leaders Forum to lift sanctions against the regime at next month's meeting in Cairns.

However, Mr Key told Morning Report the group had not asked for Fiji to be readmitted to the forum.

Mr Key said during his visit to the Pacific last week, he sensed the leaders of those nations were frustrated by some of the actions taken by Fiji.

He believes Melanesian support is based on a genuine desire to see Fiji come up with a workable solution that will deliver democracy and end the long-term coup culture in Fiji.