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Buoyed also by the recent visit of the Pacific Forum's ministerial action group which it took as New Zealand and Australia engaging with it, the regime considered Bainimarama a shoo in for next week's Tokyo talks.
But thanks to last month's agreeement by the MCG team and the well-grounded caution being shown by its delegation leader, Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister, Bob Carr, Bainimarama will not be at PALM.
According to AFP, Japan was closely monitoring the situation in Fiji to see if it was appropriate to invite Bainimarama but "decided recently that it's impossible because of the insufficient pace of reform toward democratisation."