9 Sep 2009

Commonwealth envoy meeting with Fiji leader

3:33 pm on 9 September 2009

Talks have begun in Fiji between the Commonwealth's special envoy and interim prime minister Frank Bainimarama.

Sir Paul Reeves is in Fiji for a three-day visit and is also expected to meet with Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the Electoral Commission and other key government agencies in an effort to engage with Fiji on a return to democracy.

Fiji was suspended from the Commonwealth last week for failing to announce an election date for 2010, Radio New Zealand International reports.

Commodore Bainimarama at the time said he was looking forward to Sir Paul's visit so he could explain why elections can not be held soon.

The interim regime says its working towards holding elections in 2014, which must be preceded by reforms that will restore true democracy to the Pacific nation.