COMMONWEALTH SUSPENSION REMAINS FOR FIJI

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LONDON, England (March 21, 2001 – Radio Australia)---The suspension of Fiji from Commonwealth councils will remain in force for the time being, but there's hope it could be lifted by October.

The Commonwealth Secretary General, Don McKinnon, confirmed the suspension, pending the restoration of democracy.

He was speaking at the end of a two-day meeting of the Commonwealth's ministerial action group in London.

Fiji was suspended from the councils of the Commonwealth after last year's coup, but the caretaker government has announced elections will be held on August 27.

The Commonwealth group expressed the hope that by the time the heads of government meeting is held in October, Fiji will have a democratically elected government.

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