28 Jun 2007

Fiji's interim attorney general questions purpose of sanctions

6:53 am on 28 June 2007

Fiji's interim attorney general has questioned the purpose of sanctions placed on the country by New Zealand and other countries.

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum raised the issue on Fiji TV last night as the New Zealand prime minister, Helen Clark, announced that a further tightening of sanctions would be announced on Monday centering mainly on travel restrictions.

He is asking what the sanctions are meant to achieve and what the end results would be.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says what is important for all his fellow interim government ministers is to get Fiji up and running and move the country forward.

On the possibility of New Zealand stopping transit through the country, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says Fiji has connectivity with the rest of the world through other countries, so it is not affected.

Meanwhile, the Fiji interim prime minister's brother who lives in New Zealand, Sevanaia Bainimarama, says people in the Pacific are struggling even without sanctions from New Zealand and Australia.

Sevanaia Bainimarama says he is concerned for his brother but what Commodore Bainimarama stands for, is important.