1 Oct 2007

New Zealand foreign minister says Bainimarama speech to UN painted false image of Fiji

11:25 am on 1 October 2007

New Zealand's Foreign Minister, Winston Peters says Commodre Bainimarama's speech to the General assembly gave a selective and misleading picture about the situation in Fiji.

He says the Commodore's speech might have left the impression that Fiji was on the road back to democracy but the actual situation is quite the contrary,

The Foreign minister says the interim prime minister's speech avoided referring to all aspects of the current situation, such as the recent re-imposition of emergency regulations.

He says the assurances he gave on Fiji's commitment to respect human rights, good governance, judicial independence, and the rule of law are hollow when weighed against the actual behaviour of his regime.