The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation is reporting the interim government is disappointed with the call by the Vanuatu Prime Minister to defer the Melanesian Spearhead Group summit.
It says Fji believes Edward Natapei could have resolved the situation earlier but made the decision well after Fiji had prepared for the event.
In a statement, the interim government says Natapei made the decision without exhausting all political options and avenues available to him to resolve the so-called “impasse within the grouping over the Chairmanship of the MSG”.
Fiji says to their knowledge only Vanuatu has an issue with Fiji hosting the MSG Summit with both the Prime Ministers of PNG and the Solomon Islands writing to Natapei last week seeking his understanding and support for Fiji to host and chair the MSG Summit.
The government says that understanding was based on the Melanesian custom of deferring to your host when entering his/her village or bure.
Fiji has urged Natapei to consider Bainimarama’s suggestion on 8 July to convene as early as next week a “Special Meeting of MSG Leaders” to resolve the Chairmanship issue.
The government statement says this is an important issue for the MSG region and it is important that Natapei will not delay its discussion unnecessarily.-Stanley Simpson
Editor's note: See Intelligentsia for Edward Natapei's full statement on the decision to cancel the Nadi summit.
Picture: Bainimarama and Michael Somare in happier times