Dialogue is the way forward says AUS, NZ
On the eve of the arrival of NZ & Aust foreign ministers, the jittery Pig decidess to sack his own secretary when he probably needed him more than ever …
Bainimarama’s critics ready for dialogue
14 JUL 2008
|The foreign ministers of Australia and New Zealand have arrived in Fiji, keen to meet the man they have criticised for overthrowing the country’s democratically-elected Government.New Zealand foreign minister Winston Peters arrived first at Nausori Airport earlier today and was whisked away to his Suva hotel.His Australian counterpart Stephen Smith arrived after 6pm.
Smith, the first Australian minister in Fiji since the 2006 coup, dismissed the often bitter diatribe between Canberra and interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, telling the media that he is “obliged to help Fiji get back to elections”.
He said he was looking forward to meeting the other members of the Pacific Forum Ministerial Contact Group before their scheduled visits to Bainimarama and other officials tomorrow.
The visiting ministers will also meet key political stakeholders, agencies and officials preparing Fiji for the 2009 polls.