3 Jun 2010

Fiji cancels invitation to Forum ministers

5:43 pm on 3 June 2010

Fiji's ruler has cancelled an invitation to Pacific Islands Forum ministers to visit the country.

Interim foreign minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola previously invited the Pacific Islands Forum's ministerial contact group to better assess the situation there.

However, interim prime minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama has now cancelled the invitation.

The contact group comprises the prime minister of Tonga, the foreign ministers of Australia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand, and ministers standing in for the leaders of Tuvalu and Samoa.

At a meeting in Auckland this week, they said the situation in Fiji had worsened.

Commodore Bainimarama told FijiLive the invitation no longer stands because forum leaders are not serious about a dialogue with Fiji.

New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says it is entirely up to the commodore whether to choose to engage with the contact group.