Some Sanity at Last: Sevele to Meet Bainimarama
Sevele is also thought responsible for Bainimarama's supposed first "broken promise" when, at the Forum meeting in Tonga, he announced there would be elections in 2009. The story goes that the Tongan PM persuaded Bainimarama to come up with a date to placate Australia and New Zealand, saying it could always be changed later. This was the genesis of the "broken promise."
Extract from the Radio Australia report:
The Prime Minister of Tonga, Dr Fred Sevele, will hold meetings with Fij's military backed leader, Frank Bainimarama, this weekend.
Dr Sevele says he wants to ensure the interim government in Fiji is aware its neighbours still want to help, despite political differences. "It's not a question of, you know, I'm gonna be friendly with those, and not with those," he said."Tonga's foreign policy has always been be friends with all and enemy with none."
Dr Sevele also says Pacific Island states shouldn't have to choose sides as the diplomatic stand-off between Fiji, and Australia and New Zealand, continues. He says Pacific nations can maintain bilateral relations with both sides of the dispute.
"We live in a world that is global, that is in someways contracting as it were, and we have got to interact, we have go to communicate, we have got to be in touch," he said.
Dr Fred Sevele is the chairman of Pacific Islands' Forum Ministerial Contact Group and his talks with Commodore Frank Bainimarama, come after Australia and New Zealand, also members of the group, continued their criticism of Fiji.
The interview on which the report was based.