28 Jun 2013

NZ's Peters opposed to UN use of Fiji troops

5:59 pm on 28 June 2013

A New Zealand MP says the United Nations shouldn't employ soldiers from Fiji as peacekeepers while they are part of a military dictatorship at home.

Winston Peters was New Zealand's Foreign Minister at the time of the 2006 coup when the head of Fiji's military, Commodore Frank Bainimarama,

overthrew the government.

Mr Peters says while New Zealand has sanctions in place against Fiji, they need to be more expansive.

He says he believes one area that must be looked at is the hundreds of Fiji soldiers being deployed for overseas duty in places such as the Golan Heights.

"The paradox of the United Nations employing Fijian soldiers to bring about recovery of peace and democracy or the rule of law in some countries whilst destroying it back home."