FIJI TO LOOK BEYOND CANBERRA AND WELLINGTON

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Regime won’t be dictated by others’ political agendas

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Sun, May 4, 2009) – Being suspended from the Forum will push Fiji to look elsewhere for alternative financial and technical assistance, says acting Prime Minister and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

"We have access to countries and multilateral agencies that may wish to provide assistance to fill in any void," he said.

He told Radio Australia that elections would not be held as dictated to by the political agendas of Australia and New Zealand.

"The untenable proposition that elections should be held at any cost immediately, even under a flawed system is not only patronising but demonstrates a lack of commitment to true democracy and sustainable parliamentary representation.

"The Forum appears to be based on representations made by only a few with political agendas and are reflective of the positions taken by the metropolitan powers in Wellington and Canberra.

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