7 Jul 2009

US says Fiji regime road map lacks public consent

3:42 pm on 7 July 2009

The US has reacted to last week's announcement in Fiji of the interim regime's plans to start drawing up a constitution in three years.

In a statement issued by the embassy in Suva, the US says it recognises the desire for political reform in Fiji and supports steps that hasten Fiji's return to a constitution and free elections.

But it says the roadmap falls short of that goal.

It says it is imposed without the participation or consent of the Fiji people and it delays the process leading to elections.

The statement also says the US is concerned that Public Emergency Regulations that curb freedoms of speech, press and political assembly remain in place.

The interim regime last week gave itself the additional powers for another six months.