Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma met with Fiji's Interim Prime Minister Bainimarama in New York today.
The meeting took place in the margins of the 64th session of the UN General Assembly, and in advance of the meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group to be held in New York tommorrow.
The Secretary-General stressed that the Interim Government’s plans to wait another three years before re-starting a national dialogue on Fiji’s future, and five years before the holding of elections, could not be supported by the Commonwealth.
Kamalesh Sharma said such a timeframe carried no credibility with the international community.
He urged Bainimarama to demonstrate his willingness to resume a fully inclusive political dialogue process.
Sharma reiterated that the Commonwealth stood ready to support such a process.
He also raised the concern of Commonwealth members about the human rights situation in Fiji, and urged the Interim Government to rescind the Public Emergency Regulation presently in force.
The Secretary-General said that the Commonwealth remained open to re-engaging with the Interim Government of Fiji on the basis of Commonwealth principles.
The Commonwealth's Special Representative for Fiji, Sir Paul Reeves, visited Fiji from 8-11 September.
Fiji was fully suspended from the Commonwealth on September 1, 2009.