31 Jul 2009

French foreign minister ponders Fiji sanctions

7:53 pm on 31 July 2009

The French foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, says the international community is blaming the Fiji military for the sanctions Fiji has been facing.

Fiji was the only Pacific island country not to be invited to the French summit held in New Caledonia.

Speaking in Noumea, Mr Kouchner says there is deep concern about the people of Fiji after the military carried out a fourth coup in 2006.

He says the situation is difficult and will be discussed further in Australia next week.

"I'm not, from the depth of my heart, in favour of sanctions, but sometimes you need sanctions because it is the last step, the last stage before war before having a military....that is not the case in Fiji, but remember what happened in South Africa etc."

Bernard Kouchner