29 Jul 2009

NZ's McCully says lastest action in Fiji will be considered at Commonwealth meeting

7:58 am on 29 July 2009

New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister, Murray McCully, says the retirement of Fiji's President adds another building block to an array of illegitimate actions by the regime of Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

It was announced yesterday that Ratu Josefa Iloilo is stepping down at the end of next month.

He'll be replaced in an acting capacity by the vice-president, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, who's a member of the Commodore's inner circle and was appointed in April when the constitution was abrogated.

The Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, says the change is just another factor to be considered by a Commonwealth meeting he'll be attending in London.

"There's no good news emerging out of Fiji at the moment. There is no immediate prospect that the international community is going to go and open any great doors for them enter and everyone really awaits the day when they decide they really do want to re-engage with the international community and take the necessary steps to get there."

New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister, Murray McCully.