The Pacific Islands Forum Ministerial Contact Group made its second visit to
Ministers said their discussions with the Interim Prime Minister and other key stakeholders had been frank and informative.
Ministers expressed disappointment that the Fiji Interim Government had confirmed that it did not intend to hold elections by March 2009, in line with its previous commitments to Forum Leaders.
Ministers said the visit reflected Forum members’ continued commitment to constructive dialogue with
In accordance with the directions given to the Ministerial Contact Group by Forum Leaders in their Niue Communiqué, the Ministers’ talks focused on the progress of the Interim Government’s preparations for elections, developments in relation to the political dialogue process, and the likelihood of political consensus arising from it.
Ministers thanked the Interim Government of Fiji for its facilitation of the visit, and expressed the hope that their talks had contributed to greater understanding of the importance of the restoration of democracy without further delay.
The Ministerial Contact Group, which has been tasked by Leaders with continued monitoring of the situation in
The Group comprised Ministers from
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