This report carries this fact "Bainimarama had on Tuesday called for the meeting to be deferred, saying he would not attend because he needed to lead relief work after recent devastating floods in Fiji that killed at least 11 people.Ok.. this is where real leaders differ from self-appointed ones. Real leaders know how to delegate duties when they are really needed to serve the best interests of their people like attending a much-awaited-for meeting of leaders. Self-appointed ones on the other hand, keep coming up with excuses when they are required to face the music. Here is a classic example of cowardice behaviour at the highest order.
The relief work is going to take years. This meeting is only for a couple of days!
Forum on Fiji's future to go ahead Saturday, 24 January 2009
A special Pacific Islands Forum meeting to discuss the fate of Fiji's membership is going ahead.
Prime Minister John Key will attend the meeting in Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, convened to discuss whether to suspend or impose sanctions on Fiji over self-appointed Prime Minister Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama's failure to take steps towards reinstating democracy.
Suspension would be a first for the forum's 16 member states.
Late yesterday, the Australian and PNG governments said the meeting had been postponed.
Bainimarama had on Tuesday called for the meeting to be deferred, saying he would not attend because he needed to lead relief work after recent devastating floods in Fiji that killed at least 11 people.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd would not be travelling to Port Moresby next week, a spokeswoman said.
But NZPA understands the meeting is going ahead after numerous phonecalls between forum members.
A spokesman for Mr Key told NZPA he would be leaving for PNG on Monday afternoon as planned.
Up to six leaders are flying to PNG on a New Zealand air force Boeing, and those not already in Auckland ready for departure are on their way.