31 Jul 2012

Further easing of Fiji sanctions possible - NZ Foreign Minister

4:13 am on 31 July 2012

New Zealand and Australia are promising more flexibility on sanctions against people associated with the interim Fiji regime.

Wellington and Canberra have agreed to send high commissioners back to Suva to improve communication channels now the enrolment process and the constitutional commission's dialogue has started as Fiji prepares for elections in 2014.

Both countries are also promising to ease travel sanctions on a case by case basis, while New Zealand Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, says restrictions on sports people, which only Wellington operates, could be removed within weeks.

And he says he wants to see the other sanctions eased further.

"If we were to see more civilians moving in to some of the senior departmental roles or indeed Cabinet positions and a more liberal regime to be employed in terms of the sanctions or indeed changes to the body of sanctions themselves, those are all steps that we might have ahead of us and I would personally welcome the opportunity for us to have to deal with that."