5 Mar 2008

Fiji's Rabuka says sporting sanctions mooted by Canberra won't work

5:05 pm on 5 March 2008

A former Fiji prime minister, Sitiveni Rabuka, says a suggested sporting boycott against Fiji is unlikely to work.

His comments come after the newspaper, The Australian, reported that Canberra was to canvass the region about additional sanctions against the Fiji interim regime.

The paper says a sporting boycott is being considered as an option but Mr Rabuka says people are too scared to speak out against those in power.

"They are not going about a lot of things the way the responsible international community would have preferred but a sporting sanction will hurt the people who have nothing to do with the interim government and will not hurt the interim government."

Sitiveni Rabuka