Wednesday, November 04, 2009

NZ Considers Next Move on Fiji Expulsion - November 04, 2009

New Zealand is considering whether to expel Fiji diplomats in response to the expulsion of New Zealand and Australian envoys from Fiji, reports Radio New Zealand.

According to the report, New Zealand officials are also assessing the travel advisory to Fiji.

Fiji Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday gave New Zealand's acting Deputy High Commissioner Todd Cleaver and Australian High Commissioner James Batley 24 hours to leave.

The diplomatic row stemmed from Australia and New Zealand’s travel sanctions on Fiji’s judges following the abrogation of Fiji’s constitution in April this year. Bainimarama accused the two countries of attacking “Fiji’s independent judiciary”.

In announcing the expulsion, Bainimarama said he had hoped for better relations with New Zealand and Australia after changes of government in both countries.

New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said the expulsion of its envoy will make it difficult to offer the full range services at the High Commission in Suva.

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