4 Mar 2010

Fiji democracy group says travel sanctions fair price to pay

2:05 pm on 4 March 2010

A New Zealand-based Fiji democracy group says the travel sanctions on family members of the Fiji military are the price it has to pay for its actions.

The New Zealand government has confirmed it has denied a visa to a Fiji dancer whose father is in the infantry, serving as a UN peacekeeper in Iraq.

Samu Ledua Siga Cama says the decision to refuse him the right to come to Auckland to perform with his dance group at the Pasifika Festival is unfair.

He says he is not involved in politics, and that his father as the family's sole breadwinner has no choice but to follow orders.

But Nik Naidu from the Coalition for Democracy in Fiji says the sanctions are justified.

"I have a lot of sympathy, people get caught up in these things when they are innocent victims you could argue. But the intentions of the sanctions are to put pressure on the illegal regime in Fiji to come to the table and negotiate and find a workable solution to move Fiji forward."

Nik Naidu says the people of Fiji are paying everyday for the crimes of the military.