PIF Secretary General hopes dialogue can heal rift

The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Henry Puna, says it's no fun being the cause of a rift in the organisation, but he hopes dialogue can heal it.

Earlier this year Mr Puna, who had been Cook Islands prime minister, got the job ahead of the Marshall Island's candidate, Gerald Zackios.

This prompted the five Micronesian member countries to say they would leave the Forum because they expected the role to go to their candidate.

Groups within the Forum are currently trying to resolve the rift and Mr Puna said, while he is not involved, he puts great store in people talking through problems to resolve them.

"All we need is to sit down, listen to the others point of view, likewise we share ours and see where we can compromise or we might be able to zero in on an agreement to our problem."