15 Jun 2007

More reaction to high commissioner's expulsion

10:16 am on 15 June 2007

There's been more concern expressed in Fiji at the interim administration's decision to expel the New Zealand high commissioner, Michael Green.

The Pacific Forum secretariat says the Forum must be deeply concerned when something like this happens between two of its members.

A spokesman says the region would inevitably suffer when such events disturb their relations.

The Fiji Visitors Bureau has expressed serious concern because New Zealand is Fiji's second largest tourism market and New Zealand is considering toughening its travel advisory.

The Bureau's general manager, Bill Gavoka, says they were about to launch a major promotion in New Zealand this weekend and are now considering whether to put it on hold after what has happened.

The Fiji - Australia Business Council has expressed shock, with its president, Caz Tebbutt, saying bilateral relations are important to the everyday well being of people in Fiji because they underpin investment.

The British high commissioner, Roger Sykes says on a personal level he deplores the action but an official response would be available in due course.

In an editorial today, the Fiji Times says the stage is set for a diplomatic showdown between the two countries.