28 Nov 2007

Fiji's interim PM accuses EU of singling out Fiji

10:11 am on 28 November 2007

Fiji's interim prime minister has accused the European Union of singling out Fiji and not saying much publicly about human rights abuses in other countries.

Commodore Frank Bainimarama's comments on Radio Legend follow a recent statement by the EU presidency expressing concern about the alleged treatment of those detained for the conspiracy to assassinate key figures.

Commodore Bainimarama says EU officials should wait and find out the details of the conspiracy before lashing out at the interim government.

He says the plot to assassinate him, members of his cabinet and senior military officers was very serious.

He says the EU should also make public its stand on human rights abuses in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Australia, Burma, the United States and European countries so that matters can be kept in perspective.

Meanwhile, police questioning of the New Zealand national alleged to be part of the conspiracy, Ballu Khan, remains suspended while he recovers in hospital.