28 Sep 2009

Fiji's interim PM complains Fiji troops have been barred from new UN peacekeeping operations

6:03 am on 28 September 2009

Fiji's interim Prime Minister has complained to world leaders that his country's troops have been barred from joining any new UN peacekeeping operations.

Addressing the UN General Assembly, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, expressed disappointment at what he said appeared to be a unilateral decision on the part of the United Nations.

He said his regime had not been able to receive a clear and satisfactory reply on this matter from the United Nations.

Fiji Live says Commodore Bainimarama did not name Australia or New Zealand, but left no doubt as to whom he blamed.

He told the General Assembly the the big powers of the South Pacific had used their extensive diplomatic and financial resources to deny Fiji's participation in new peacekeeping operations.