16 Sep 2013

It'll take a long time to restore trust says Fiji's Bainimarama

3:06 pm on 16 September 2013

The prime minister of Fiji, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says it is going to take a long time for trust to be restored between Fiji and its neighbours, New Zealand and Australia.

He says they have tried to crash-tackle Fiji on every front and he is dismayed at what he sees as their efforts to damage Fiji.

New Zealand and Australia have expressed support for the constitution and New Zealand's Foreign Minister Murray MCully last week announced a further easing of sanctions in reponse to progress towards elections.

But Commodore Bainimarama told Radio Tarana the election would have come a lot sooner if support for Fiji has been shown earlier.

"Even McCully's statement that only partial travel bans will be lifted demonstrates that they are really not genuine, nor do they understand what is happening in Fiji."

Commodore Bainimarama says there will be no kiss and make-up with Australia if it does not lift travel sanctions.