28 Nov 2014

Academic says new NZ High Commissioner to Fiji 'good sign'

4:55 pm on 28 November 2014

An academic following Fiji-Australia relations says the reinstatement of a New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji is a good sign that the relationship between the two countries is thawing.

New Zealand's Foreign Minister has appointed diplomat Mark Ramsden, who has been the Acting High Commissioner in Suva since September 2013.

The Director of the Centre for International and Regional Affairs at the University of Fiji, Richard Herr, says the move signals relations are getting back to normal.

"It is certainly a sign that the election result has resolved the remaining difficulties over the sanctions and the difficulties between the two countries and it is a good sign that the relationship is underway in terms of being repaired and restored."

The Director of the Centre for International and Regional Affairs at the University of Fiji, Richard Herr.

New Zealand has had an acting High Commissioner to Fiji since 2007, following Suva's decision to expel Wellington's representative.

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