16 Oct 2013

EU contradicts Fiji claim about 2014 aid resumption

9:34 pm on 16 October 2013

The European Union says it is premature to claim that full assistance to Fiji will resume from next year.

It has said any such move is contingent on the Fiji regime adhering to its promise to restore democracy by holding credible elections.

Fiji's prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, said after meeting the European Commission's deputy director general for development co-operation, Marcus Cornaro, that the assistance is assured.

While pledging support towards holding the election, Mr Cornaro says there is no agreement.

"No, we did not yet agree on the resumption. We agreed to prepare for the resumption of what would then be a government-to-government, or EU-to-government programme."

Marcus Cornaro says an EU delegation will be in Suva next week to discuss political aspects of the relationship.