12 Jan 2012

Fiji foreign minister says lifting of emergency regulations not about Australia

9:23 am on 12 January 2012

Fiji's foreign minister says the country's Public Emergency Regulations were not lifted out of a desire to have Australian sanctions eased.

The regulations were lifted at the weekend, and have been replaced with decree to amend the Public Order Act.

The new decree gives the interim regime extended powers and allows for security operations whose outcome cannot be challenged in court.

Ratu Inoke Kubuabola says the fact that Fiji has been able to remove the Public Emergency Regulations is a reflection of progress made within the country.

He says Australia's policy of isolating Fiji has failed and its claim to be speaking for all Pacific Island Forum countries rings hollow as more nations are supporting Fiji's roadmap.

FBC news reports Ratu Inoke as saying Australia's wait and see policy reflects its inability to formulate a meaningful policy on Fiji.