SOLOMONS LEADER URGES RETURN TO DEMOCRACY IN FIJI

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Sikua wants solidarity in among Melanesian Spearhead nations

By Joy A. Rikimae

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Feb. 21, 2008) – Solomon Islands Prime Minister Derek Sikua has called on the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) countries to look into Fiji’s political situation during their April meeting.

Dr Sikua said Fiji’s political situation should be the main issue in the upcoming MSG meeting.

He said he wanted the meeting to find ways to assist Fiji’s return to democracy as the country prepares for its national elections in March next year.

The April MSG meeting will be Dr Sikua’s first since becoming Prime Minister.

Dr Sikua said it is important Fiji as a MSG member is politically stable in order to maintain solidarity between member countries.

"Also, it is important that MSG countries help Fiji before moving onto other development issues that are related to the MSG trade agreements," he said.

The MSG meeting was scheduled for last year but was deferred following the delay in the set up of the MSG Secretariat and the Moti saga.

MSG member countries are Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji.

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