Fiji has a few days to get its act together, or it will be out of the Commonwealth. A Commonwealth Ministerial Action group had made the decision at an extraordinary meeting in London on July 31, 2009.
Members agreed Fiji’s situation has deteriorated strikingly since March and decided that if there’s not enough progress towards a return to democracy, the country will be fully suspended from the Commonwealth on September 1st.
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully is in London for the meeting. He says Fiji’s leader must commit to elections, open a proper dialogue with other political groups, and accept supervision by the United Nations.
Mr McCully says while the ultimatum gives the Fijian regime time to think about the path it is on, he is not holding out much hope of a positive response from Suva.
Despite that, he says it is important for an international organisation such as the Commonwealth to act in good faith, and signal its intentions clearly. Mr McCully says the first consequence for Fiji would be a ban on its athletes attending the Commonwealth Games.