SPOT THE BODY LANGUAGE: Bainimarama at the 2007 plenary session on the opening day of the Forum in Nukualofa. Writing on the wall?
|DIPLOMATIC MANOUVERING: Deposed PM Laisenia Qarase with then Australian PM, John Howard, on Denarau Island in 2006....the year Qarase was toppled and Howard was on the outer with Melanesian countries.|
The Pacific Forum starts tomorrow in Auckland and as has been the case since 2009, Fiji will not be taking part. Lobbying is underway by Melanesian countries for Fiji to be allowed back into the annual gathering but it's unlikely to happen - and should not happen - with Frank Bainimarama and Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum at the helm. And as the PM of host nation, John Key, said today he would be stunned if Fiji was readmitted.