FORMER FIJI OPPOSITION LEADERS CALLS FOR RESTRAINT

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Wants the President’s Political Dialogue Forum to succeed

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Sun, March 24, 2009) – All participating political leaders need to exercise restraint when dealing with matters involved in the President’s Political Dialogue Forum.

Ousted Opposition Leader Mick Beddoes said restraint was vital for the success of the Forum.

Mr. Boeddoes expressed dismay at the announced withdrawal of Sir Rabbie Namaliu as the nominee to chair the PPDF.

Beddoes said it was important for participants to leave behind in the dialogue room disagreements and heated moments on whatever subject covered by the agenda.

"If they feel compelled to comment, or are asked questions by the media, then speak to the final communiqué which reflects the true resolution of the meeting reached through consensus by all participants," Beddoes.

He said with respect to Sir Rabbie Namaliu, there was no discussion, participants were asked to read the contents of the Commonwealth and UN letter and come prepared to discuss the matter on April 3rd 2009.

"It is most unfortunate that representatives from the two parties mentioned, that never contested the 2006 elections and who were defunct until the invitation to participate in the President’s forum was issued should feel justified in making such outrageous and unproven allegations about a former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea ahead of the planned April 3 meeting to discuss the nomination," he said.

Beddoes added political leaders must exercise ‘self-discipline’ and treat everyone who is willing to assist in the journey back to parliamentary democracy with gratitude and the dignity and respect they each deserved.

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