3 Dec 2009

Sir Paul Reeves says sanctions against Fiji aren't working

1:40 pm on 3 December 2009

A former Governor General, Sir Paul Reeves, says New Zealand's foreign policy on Fiji, including sanctions, needs a rethink.

Sir Paul has told a Pacific policy conference at Auckland University that Fiji needs incentives to move to democracy, not punishment.

He says as sanctions against Fiji are not working and don't affect the military, it's time to change the strategy.

Sir Paul, who has been a Commonwealth special envoy to Fiji, says foreign policy must offer a range of incentives and encourage the military government to engage.

And he also says as the interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama has stated he wants democracy, he must then be asked what help he needs.