13 Oct 2009

Fiji interim PM says EU and World Bank soften stance

8:15 pm on 13 October 2009

The Fiji interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says he believes the European Union and the World Bank are softening their approach to Fiji.

The Fiji leader made the comment to Radio Australia less than a month after the EU extended its sanctions against Fiji by six months over his regime's failure to keep its promise to relinquish power by holding elections next year.

He says he believes that the two organisations had a good look at the reforms that Fiji has put in place and they think it's genuine.

Commodore Bainimarama says the World Bank and the IMF now understand that he won't organise elections before 2014.

Last month, Commodore Bainimarama told the United Nations that he had to remove the elected government in 2006 because it was using terror to push a racist and corrupt agenda.

He says he will talk with the European Union within a month, and hopefully they will also understand the situation.

Yesterday, the World Bank rejected his claims that it is preparing to provide Fiji with assistance.