13 Jan 2010

Fiji interim PM restates wish for sanctions to be lifted

2:25 pm on 13 January 2010

Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has told Auckland-based Radio Tarana that the thaw in relations with New Zealand should lead to Wellington lifting travel bans.

He made the comment after the two countries' foreign ministers agreed to dispatch councillors to their respective capitals following last year's expulsions of top diplomats.

Commodore Bainimarama says the sanctions, imposed on him and his regime in response to his military coup, should be lifted.

New Zealand has had travel bans on Fiji coup makers and their associates since 2000 when George Speight fronted the overthrow of the Mahendra Chaudhry-led government.