3 Apr 2012

No Fiji approach to NZ to help demilitarise administration

6:22 pm on 3 April 2012

New Zealand says it has not yet been approached by the Fiji interim government despite an offer last year to exempt some civilians from the travel sanctions on the regime.

The restrictions came into effect after the 2006 military coup.

The New Zealand Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, says the government is keen to promote a demilitarisation of the Fiji administration and it would consider exempting civilians from the sanctions to replace soldiers in key posts.

He says it is something that would be considered on a case by case basis but to date the regime has not made any approach.

"There have been conversations from time to time about how difficult it is to encourage good people to serve in the regime because of New Zealand's sanctions and that has been my response to it. The ball is now in their court if they do want to entertain such a discussion and that's where I think it sits at the moment."

Murray McCully