Commonwealth leaders have expressed deep concern at the further deterioration of the situation in Fiji, at its meeting in Trinidad and Tobago.
In its final communique, the leaders say they're concerned at the abrogation of the Constitution; ongoing restrictions on human rights including freedom of speech and assembly, and the Interim Government's decision to further delay elections until 2014.
"Heads fully endorsed CMAG's call for the Interim Government of Fiji to commit itself to a credible, inclusive and time-bound political dialogue towards the restoration of constitutional civilian democracy without further delay, and for the protection of fundamental human rights, including the immediate rescission of the Public Emergency Regulation," the leaders said in its communique.
They reaffirmed their willingness to remain engaged with Fiji in support of any good faith efforts toward this end, in accordance with fundamental Commonwealth principles.
The Commonwealth leaders also noted the decision by the Commonwealth Games Federation to exclude Fiji from participation in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, as a consequence of Fiji's suspension from Commonwealth membership.
"In this context, Heads observed that Commonwealth sporting events represent a significant public demonstration of the unity of the Commonwealth as a family of members with a shared commitment to fundamental values."
They affirmed that sporting ties under the Commonwealth name are inseparable from the values of the association, and endorsed the position consistently taken by CMAG that those countries under full suspension from the Commonwealth should, inter alia, be ineligible to participate in Commonwealth sporting events.