11 Nov 2009

EU regrets expulsion of NZ envoy from Fiji

10:43 pm on 11 November 2009

The European Union has expressed regret at the expulsion from Fiji of top envoys from Australia and New Zealand, and urged the Pacific Island nation not to isolate itself.

The EU president, Sweden, says the development signals a further deterioration of the relations of Fiji with the international community, undermining progress towards re-engagement and dialogue.

It says by isolating itself, Fiji puts at risk the concerted efforts to bring about the return of rule of law and democracy.

The EU has also reiterated its concern about continued military rule in Fiji.

New Zealand's acting Head of Mission in Suva, Todd Cleaver and the Australian High Commissioner James Batley were expelled a week ago.