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Fiji on PIF agenda

Nasik Swami
Friday, September 06, 2013

INCLUSION of Fiji in the Pacific Islands Forum will be on the minds of Pacific leaders when they meet for the forum's retreat on Eneko Island in the Marshall Islands next Thursday.

An AAP report yesterday said the Australian Federal Minister Jacinta Collins and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key will sail to Eneko Island with 13 other leaders where they are expected to agree on a series of joint policy positions on issues ranging from Fiji to climate change.

It reported that with Fiji being suspended from the forum since 2009, the forum believed its re-entry was conditional on holding free and fair elections, which are due next September.

The report said Australia and New Zealand's strict stance on Fiji had softened, with Mr Key saying the Pacific needed to look forward rather than backwards.

Also other leaders including Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and Kiribati's President Anote Tong have signalled for Fiji's re-entry into the forum.

The forum's retreat will also see issues of climate change being discussed.