11 Nov 2009

EU regrets Fiji move to expel Australian and NZ diplomats

2:31 pm on 11 November 2009

The European Union has expressed regret at last week's decision by Fiji's military leader to expel top envoys from Australia and New Zealand, and urged the Pacific Island nation not to isolate itself.

The EU president Sweden says this 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.

Fiji was suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum in May and from the Commonwealth in September over broken promises to hold elections by March this year.