TUVALU WAITS FOR GOVERNMENT LINEUP BEFORE AIR FIJI TALKS
SUVA, Fiji Islands (February 23, 2001 - The Fiji Sun/PINA Nius Online)---Tuvalu is waiting for the announcement of its new government line-up before further discussions on buying shares in Air Fiji.
Deputy Tuvalu High Commissioner in Suva Fakavae Taomia said all plans to buy shares in Air Fiji were put on hold after the death of Prime Minister Ionatana Ionatana in December.
He said discussions with Air Fiji will continue when the new Tuvalu government takes office.
"We have halted our discussions until the new government comes into power. We need their mandate to continue talks in purchasing these shares," Mr. Taomia said.
Air Fiji, with its Embraer Brasilia Pacific Link flights between Suva and Funafuti, currently provides Tuvalu's only air link.
Air Fiji took over after Air Marshall Islands withdrew its long-standing Majuro-Tarawa-Funafuti-Nadi flights.
The Tuvalu government said buying shares in Air Fiji would ensure security and continuity of air services by the airline into and out of Tuvalu.
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