U.S., NEW ZEALAND DISCUSS TONGA, FIJI

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‘REFUGEE’ ISSUE
McCully, Clinton urges Fiji to return to the polls

By Repeka Nasiko SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, May 18, 2011) - New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully and U.S Secretary of State Hilary Clinton held discussions earlier today about Fiji and Tonga’s current situation in Washington, D.C.

McCully who is on an official visit to the United States is said to have given Clinton report of the growing "tension" between Fiji and Tonga.

The situation between Fiji and Tonga first arose when refugee, Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara was illegally extracted from Fiji waters by a Tongan Navy boat.

TVNZ reports that after their discussions, both McCully and Clinton made a joint statement urging Fiji to return to the polls.

US correspondent Tim Wilson told TV ONE’s Breakfast, McCully also reaffirmed New Zealand’s position that they are observing the situation and they will not get involved and added they wanted a resolution out of it.

Clinton agreed with McCully and said they agreed on the importance of pursuing negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Meanwhile, local media has been advised by Government not to respond to comments made by Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara on blogsites or to international media.

Correspondence will now be made from government to government.

The former 3FIR Commander was charged with one count of uttering seditious comments on May 4.

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