3 Jul 2007

NZ's PM says sanctions include efforts to end Fiji's role in peacekeeping operations

10:58 am on 3 July 2007

The New Zealand government's tougher sanctions against Fiji's interim regime include further efforts to end the military's role in peacekeeping operations.

Prime Minister Helen Clark revealed yesterday that her government would make it more difficult for people associated with the military regime to get into New Zealand or have contact with government officials.

New Zealand had already asked the United Nations to rethink using Fiji peacekeepers and Miss Clark says the government will again approach the UN, the US and the UK for support on the matter.

"And with respect to the UK to make our views known about the undesirability of recruiting personnel into the UK armed forces at this time."