THE National Federation Party was not able to meet with the Pacific Islands Forum Ministerial Contact Group (MCG) but gave a written submission.
NFP general secretary Pramod Rae said the party welcomed the concluding statement on Fiji issued by the MCG on Tuesday evening.
The MCG's statement said there was progress made by Fiji in its return to democratic rule.
"We were impressed by the group's thorough and searching inquiry on the current developments in Fiji.
"It demonstrates not only their in-depth knowledge of the Fiji situation but also their genuine commitment to the people of Fiji in our pursuit for an early return to democratic, constitutional governance," Mr Rae said.
"The MCG has clearly left a challenge to the regime leadership to demonstrate that it can live up to its promises.
"The challenge now is for the regime to show that it can also practise the principles of genuine democracy that it is preaching.
"The NFP calls on the government to do so by starting now to remove the restrictive decrees and restore full freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of association and access to justice for all."