2 Jun 2010

Bainimarama says NZ and Australia misled by their Suva-based officials

1:46 pm on 2 June 2010

Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says he is concerned that misleading information is being provided to Canberra and Wellington.

He told the Fijivillage website that officials at the Australia and New Zealand High Commissions should get out of their offices to find out what is happening.

Commodore Bainimarama says his feedback is that people are happy with his government's focus on infrastructure, agriculture, tourism, health and education.

And he questions what is getting worse in Fiji after a Forum Contact Group meeting in Auckland this week was told that the Fiji situation is deteriorating.

Commodore Bainimarama says some officials are speaking to a group of people who always oppose or see wrong in everything his government does.

The Auckland meeting was the Contact Group's first since last year's decision by the regime to abolish the constitution, sack the judiciary and impose media censorship.

This year, the regime issued a decree granting itself immunity from prosecution for its members' actions in the past decade.