16 Apr 2009

EU urges Fiji to respect commitments

1:39 pm on 16 April 2009

The European Union has called on Fiji to respect its commitments to restore political order and democracy in return for substantial financial support .

This comes after the president abrogated the Constitution, sacked the judges, and delayed elections until 2014 while the military closed down freedom of speech.

Louis Michel, the European Commissioner for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid, says the aggressive action of the interim Fiji government is deeply regrettable.

Mr Michel says if the the interim Government kept to an agreed plan the EU would have provided substantial financial support to rescue the sugar sector and help restore the economy.

Mr Michel says the Interim Government must keep its commitments to the international community and ultimately the people of Fiji.

He says an process leading to a return to constitutional order and democracy in Fiji will allow the EU to provide assistance to Fiji.