18 May 2006

NZ government denies Fiji military commander's claim

3:08 pm on 18 May 2006

New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Phil Goff say there is no substance to the claim that New Zealand is intending to provide a New Zealander to the position of military commander in Fiji.

In a joint statement, they say New Zealand has received no such request from the Fiji government and the provision of a New Zealand military commander is therefore not under consideration.

The ministers say the current disagreement between the Fiji military commander and the Fiji government is a matter that Fijians themselves need to resolve.

They say New Zealand would not want to take any action that would further complicate that situation.