13 Dec 2008

Fiji's interim Prime Minister says interim government won't be deterred

10:53 am on 13 December 2008

Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama says the government won't be deterred, no matter how cruel travel sanctions might be to the country's poor, the young and the innocent.

Fiji Live reports Commodore Bainimarama said his Government would continue its agenda to bring peace, durable stability and progress to Fiji.

He says the sanctions have been harsh on Fiji, and have restricted the participation in Government from the pool of competent and non-political, and non-Military, people.

Commodore Bainimarama says as a result, the nation as a whole is suffering and his government's efforts at service delivery and removal of corruption are being hindered.

New Zealand's foreign minister Murray McCully and his Australian counterpart Stephen Smith said before this week's meeting of the Forum Ministerial contact group, that the policies of their respective countries remain.