17 May 2008

New Zealand government concerned by death threats to Australian diplomat in Suva

8:33 am on 17 May 2008

The New Zealand government says it's deeply concerned following a second politically-motivated death threat against the Australian High Commissioner in Fiji.

The government comment comes after James Batley has received two death threats this month - the most recent on Thursday.

Beverley Tse reports.

"The Prime Minister, Helen Clark, says the threats appear to have been made by people who object to Australia's policy on Fiji. Miss Clark says Australia and New Zealand are doing their best to help Fiji hold parliamentary elections in March 2009. She says she is disappointed Fiji authorities have rejected an Australian request to deploy extra security personnel at its High Commission in Suva. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade advice to New Zealanders living in, or travelling to Fiji, continues to highlight the risk and need for caution. The New Zealand High Commission in Suva is also taking precautions for the safety of its staff members."