The Solomon Star: The leader of the Vanuatu opposition, Maxime Carlot Korman, has accused the Prime Minister Edward Natapei of causing division in the Melanesian Spearhead Group, and undermining the country’s reputation.
This comes amid reports that MSG meetings are to be held from Thursday next week in Solomon Islands to try and mend the rift with Fiji caused by Mr Natapei cancelling a summit in Nadi in July.
Mr Korman (pictured at top) claims Mr Natapei wants Fiji out of the MSG in the same way it’s been suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum.
He says he’s taken a divisive approach that doesn’t reflect Melanesian values which emphasise dialogue.
Mr Korman says it’ll be a miracle if Mr Natapei can convince his Fiji counterpart to attend the Solomon Island’s summit.
Neither MSG secretariat, which is based in Port Vila, or Mr Natapei, could be reached for comment.
Fiji media reported earlier that the Melanesian Spearhead Group meeting will not be held in the Solomon Islands next week according to Bainimarama.
This was despite confirmations by the Vanuatu Prime Minister’s Office on the holding of the meeting in the Solomon Islands.
Bainimarama was reported as remaining adamant that Fiji will be handed the chairmanship of the MSG as it is rightfully its turn to hold the position.
He said: “The handover is going to be made to the Fiji government on the chairmanship.”
Bainimarama was quoted as saying he is unsure of the date the handover will take place.