Fiji Foreign Minister: Forum Needs To Change Leaders Meeting

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Paperwork, meetings not guarantying end result leaders want

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Sept. 14, 2015) – The Fiji Foreign Minister says there needs to be changes to the way the Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting is run.

Ratu Inoke Kubuabola attended last weeks summit in Port Moresby in place of Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama who has protested about the influence of Australia and New Zealand at the Forum.

Fiji was welcomed back into the Forum fold after a six year absence due to their suspension.

Ratu Inoke says he was happy with the reception but feels the Forum still needs to undergo reform.

"Just sitting through the meetings, there needs to be some reforms because there is a lot of paperwork and a lot of meetings but I am not sure whether the end result is coming out as the leaders would like to see come out."

Ratu Inoke says the aim of Fiji's Pacific Islands Development Forum is to complement the Pacific Islands Forum and not rival it.

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