Fiji Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama says the warning by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group to suspend Fiji will not distract him from the roadmap he has outlined for the country.
“People have tried to change us from the last 18 months but what we have set out to do, will not change,” he said.
However, he said the government has not received any letter from the CMAG to inform him of their decision.
The Commonwealth renewed a warning to Fiji yesterday that it would be suspended from the grouping in September, if it failed to commit to holding new elections by next year following the 2006 coup.
In a statement agreed after seven hours of talks, ministers called for Fiji to inform it in writing by September 1 that it would hold elections by October 2010.
“In the absence of such confirmation, Fiji will be fully suspended on that date,” they said.
Informed sources told AFP the ministerial group was split down the middle, with countries including New Zealand in favour of suspension, but others including Malaysia, which chairs the CMAG, against.
Fiji has already been banned from Commonwealth ministerial meetings due to the coup. The action came after Bainimarama ignored a deadline to hold elections by March this year.