11 Jan 2012

NZ foreign minister wary of new Fiji decree

2:07 pm on 11 January 2012

The New Zealand foreign minister, Murray McCully, says he is disappointed that Fiji brought in a new public order decree just before the public emregency regulations were lifted last week.

The new decree gives the interim regime extended powers and allows for security operations whose outcome cannot be challenged in court.

Mr McCully says he hopes that despite the decree, regime critics will be allowed to take part in the process of drawing up a new constitution.

"The jury is out on quite what this new set of rules are going to mean. It will come down to some extent to how precisely the regime intend to use them, and I hope they understand that this is a time when the international community is looking for positive signs."

The New Zealand foreign minister, Murray McCully.