3 Jul 2007

Fiji says NZ govt out of touch

10:48 am on 3 July 2007

Fiji's interim government is accusing the New Zealand government of turning the country against it.

In retaliation for the expulsion of the New Zealand High Commissioner, Michael Green, the ban on travel to New Zealand by coup supporters has been widened to include anyone appointed by the administration.

The Prime Minister Helen Clark says the move will have considerable impact.

But Fiji's interim finance and sugar minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, is calling it insignificant and petty.

"New Zealand is making all sorts of demand being cynical about our intention to return to Parliamentary democracy and you know it is displaying a state of petty mindedness by imposing these types of inconsequential sanctions."

Mahendra Chaudhry says New Zealand should remember that Fiji has been a long time ally and profitable trading partner.