22 Jun 2007

Samoa MP calls on Australia and New Zealand to stay out of Fiji's affairs

3:37 pm on 22 June 2007

A Samoan MP says New Zealand and Australia should leave Fiji to deal with its own affairs.

Independent MP, and former opposition leader, Le Mamea Ropati, says the pressure being applied in the wake of the coup is causing suffering to the country's people.

New Zealand is currently reviewing its relations with Fiji and is considering further sanctions after Fiji expelled the New Zealand High Commissioner, Michael Green.

Le Mamea Ropati says the international community must engage in dialogue, and end its sanctions.

"I call on our pm to convey to your pm and also the Australian prime minister to please, leave Fiji alone. Let them solve their own problems. They can help by advising and through dialogue, but stop waving the big stick at the commander and his administration."

Le Mamea Ropati says sanctions only cause suffering to Fiji's poor, and he says he believes the interim administration knows what is best for its people.