13 Jun 2012

Fiji must be willing to hold elections before EU sugar funds returned

7:00 am on 13 June 2012

Vanuatu's ambassador to the European Union, Roy Mickey Joy, says it is up to Fiji to show it is returning to democracy before sugar funds from the European Union can be returned.

Fiji is hoping ministers of the African Caribbean and Pacific group will ask the European Union to release funds for the sugar industry, which have been withheld since 2007.

Roy Mickey Joy says until Fiji demonstrates its willingness to hold elections, there will be no money.

"Recently Guyana, another sugar producing country next to Fiji had to receive additional funding, so I think it's incumbent on Fiji to be able to showcase and demonstrate their willingness to go back to democracy. The PACP members and ACP ministers can be able to support Fiji but entirely it's incumbent upon Fiji to show and do what is best for its own country, own citizens and the sugar industry."

Vanuatu's ambassador to the European Union, Roy Mickey Joy.