BAINIMARAMA RENEWS INVITATION TO RUDD, KEYS

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Fiji military leader says he’s open to talks

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Sun, August 5, 2009) – Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his New Zealand counterpart John Key cannot make any decision against Fiji until they know what the real situation here is like.

Speaking to the FijiSUN last night, Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said the two leaders are reluctant to meet him simply because they do not know what the situation is like in Fiji.

Cmdr Bainimarama reiterated his earlier stand that he is ready to hold talks with Mr. Rudd and Mr. Key, at any given time and venue.

"What’s holding them back is their stubbornness and also the fact that they do not understand what the real situation in Fiji is like which makes it difficult for them to come out of their shell," he said.

"I was ready to talk with the Australian and New Zealand Prime Ministers even after the event of 2006."

This is the third time, Cmdr Bainimarama, has called out to the two leaders to meet him face-to-face.

Cmdr Bainimarama also called on the international community to stop pressuring Fiji into holding a general election as soon as possible.

"We firmly stand on our decision to hold election in the next five years- which is 2014.

"Although Rudd and Key do not want any dialogue with us but it will not have any effect on the roadmap that the government and the nation will commit to before holding the general election in 2014."

Cmdr Bainimarama again indicated Government’s willingness to communicate with the two leaders.

He said Mr Rudd and Mr Key needs to fully understand the country’s situation and for them to come and resolve their differences can only be achieved through dialogue.

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