September 18, 2013

Fiji talks tough on diplomacy

Updated 17 September 2013, 17:21 AEST

Comments from Fiji's Foreign Minister over the weekend have again stirred up the debate about what diplomatic future the country will have with the two biggest players in the Pacific, Australia and New Zealand, when it returns to democratic rule.

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In an newspaper interview Ratu Inoke Kubuabola said once again that there will be no exchange of diplomats with Australia until after Fiji's elections, backflipping on a committment he made last year.

As well he said if Fiji is to accept an offer to be allowed back into the Pacific Islands' Forum, it will have to be under its own terms, and those terms include Australia and New Zealand, basically removing themselves from its operations, and providing just financial support.

Presenter: Campbell Cooney

Speaker: Professor Brij Lal, Australian National University

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