FIJI TO REJECT OFFER OF SEAT AT TRADE TALKS

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Country incensed at continued Forum suspension

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Sept. 13, 2011) – Fiji's interim government has indicated it will reject an offer from the Pacific Islands' Forum to take part in regional free trade talks.

Last week, the Pacific Islands Forum leaders decided to continue Fiji's suspension from the regional grouping, but offered the military-backed regime there the chance to to allow its officials to take part in trade meetings related to a regionwide free trade agreement, known as Pacer Plus.

The 2006 coup leader and interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama has previously stated Fiji is not interested in the agreement, and this week Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola indicated the offer will be rejected.

The minister described the agreement as hypocritical.

Fiji was suspended from the Pacific Islands' Forum in 2009 after it broke its committment to allow elections, but the Forum's Secretariat remains in the Fiji capital, Suva.

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