Fiji Looks Forward To Pacific Islands Forum Talks In Sydney

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Ratu Inoke reiterates position: Fiji won’t rejoin unless changes made

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 8, 2015) – Fiji's Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola says Fiji is looking forward to discussions in Sydney next month on Pacific regional groups.

A top-level meeting of Pacific leaders to review the structure of the region's agencies was agreed by Australia and Fiji following Suva's refusal to rejoin the Pacific Islands Forum.

Ratu Inoke has reiterated Fiji's stance that unless there are some changes to the Forum's make-up, Fiji will not retake its place at the table after its suspension was lifted in October.

"For example Japan had indicated their interest last year to become a full member, whilst also as a development partner and I'm sure Korea, the United States of America, France, China. So that is our position and we look forward to the meeting that's going to be held in Sydney next month."

Ratu Inoke Kubuabola has also reiterated Suva's opposition to just Australia and New Zealand being development partners and members of the Forum.

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