GOVERNMENT BELIEVES FORUM WON’T SUSPEND FIJI

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Caretaker PM talking with Forum leaders

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, April 28, 2009) – Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum believes the Pacific Islands Forum will not have Fiji suspended.

Sayed-Khaiyum said the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has been informing the PIF and its members on recent developments in Fiji.

"The Prime Minister’s Office has been busy dealing with this and I don’t think that Fiji will be excluded from the PIF activities," he told FijiLive.

After the special meeting of Forum Leaders in Papua New Guinea, leaders issued an ultimatum for Fiji to have elections by the end of 2009 and announce an elections date by May 1 or face suspension from the Forum.

The President Ratu Josefa Iloilo, after abrogating the Constitution announced that elections be held before September 2014 after electoral reforms are completed.

Meanwhile the chairman of the Pacific Islands Forum Toke Talagi said the regional body will stand by its deadline to suspend Fiji from the group.

Talagi, said regional leaders will back-up their threat to suspend Fiji from the Forum.

"The leaders have variously responded and have agreed that May 1 should be maintained as the deadline," he said.

"They have also indicated that it would be preferable that the Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs take place so that we can determine a path forward given the current changed circumstances in Fiji."

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