22 Jan 2007

NZ government maintains stance over Fiji despite threats against trade

6:09 am on 22 January 2007

The New Zealand government is maintaining its stance on Fiji's political situation despite an implied threat against the country's export trade and its citizens who are living there.

The coup leader, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says he'll consider retaliating if New Zealand and Australia continue to ignore and frustrate his interim government.

But New Zealand's e Foreign Minister, Winston Peters, says he won't respond to what he calls "empty rhetoric".

An associate Professor of Political Science at Canterbury University, John Henderson, says that's probably the right approach.

He says the Commodore is sabre rattling and has a lot more to lose than New Zealand does.