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Bainimarama called prima donna after meeting postponed

By Maciu Bolaitamana SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Oct. 25, 2010) - Secretary to the Prime Minister’s office, Colonel Pio Tikoduadua says the claim made by Solomon Islands leader of opposition Mathew Wale that Fiji Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama wants the MSG to bow to his demands is unfortunate and unwarranted.

"It is an unwarranted statement and it is a pity for the leader of opposition in the Solomon Islands parliament to make such a statement," Tikoduadua told FijiLive this morning.

Tikoduadua said the decision to postpone the MSG special leader’s meeting was Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Danny Philip’s call and nothing to do with Fiji or its Prime Minister.

"I am not sure whether he is aware of the situation but it is very unfortunate that he has said that," Tikoduadua said.

Radio New Zealand reports Matthew Wale describing Commodore Bainimarama, as someone who wants countries of the MSG to bow down to his demands.

The Melanesian Spearhead Group special leaders meeting was to have been held in Honiara this week to see its chairmanship being handed over from the current chair and Vanuatu Prime Minister Edward Natapei to the Solomon Islands, which would then hand it over to Fiji.

But this was postponed indefinitely on Saturday by Prime Minister Philip.

The Solomon Islands prime minister is reported to want more time to consider the proposed plan to hand over the chairmanship from Vanuatu to Fiji via Solomon Islands.

The meeting was agreed when leaders attended the UN General Assembly in New York last month.

Fiji was to have been represented at the meet by its Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabula.

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