30 Jun 2008

Fiji accuses Australia and NZ of being dogmatic

6:19 am on 30 June 2008

Fiji's interim Attorney-General has accused Australia and New Zealand of being dogmatic in their responses to the interim regime.

Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum says both countries should be more appreciative of progress already made by the interim administration.

He was responding to New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters' comment that NZ would not consider any relaxation of travel bans on those connected with the regime.

Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum says they have received a lot of sympathy from their European partners, and also from some of their Pacific neighbours.

He says the ball is now in the court of Australia and New Zealand.

"They should essentially move away from a neocolonialist position they have taken and perhaps realise what good is being done. I think it would appear Australia and New Zealand have put themselves in such a extreme position that it may find it hard to extricate itself."

Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum reiterated that electoral reform advocated by the interim government was in compliance with, and supports all United Nations policy.