22 May 2008

Australian High Commissioner in Fiji says he is striving to continue his work in face of threat

8:00 pm on 22 May 2008

Australia's high commissioner to Fiji says death threats against him have definitely changed the perception of the relationship between the two countries.

James Batley has received two death threats, which the High Commission says appear to be politically motivated, by a person or persons who object to the Australian government's policy on Fiji.

Mr Batley told Radio Fiji Gold News it would be inappropriate for him to comment on where the threats came from, but he's confident the police will do a professional job to find out.

"They have made an impact in Australia, where's there's been a lot of media attention on the threats, but I think in terms of what we are trying to achieve here, the work that we're doing we are striving as much as possible to continue doing that work."

James Batley says just because he has been seen outside the High Commission's compound, doesn't mean officials are not taking the threats seriously.