COMMONWEALTH GIVES FIJI ULTIMATUM

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One month to announce elections or face suspension

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, July 31, 2009) – The British Commonwealth has given Fiji one month to announce a timetable for holding democratic elections by the end of 2010 or face suspension from the 53 nation organisation.

Nine Commonwealth Foreign ministers were summoned to London for talks on the fate of Fiji.

They met the Secretary General for seven hours to discuss the military crackdown and political situation in Fiji.

After a briefing from Fiji's High Commissioner to London, the Commonwealth gave Fiji until September the 1st to announce that democratic elections will be held no later than October 2010 or it will be fully suspended from the Commonwealth.

Murray McCully New Zealand's foreign minister says it's an ultimatum and Fiji needs to decide if it wants to engage with the international community and stay within the Commonwealth.

Fiji has said it will hold elections in 2014.

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