It will be interesting to see how far Australia goes with sanctions. The fact remains all countries are facing challenging times with the Global Economy Fiji is free to trade with with other partners and as times get tougher other countries will certainly be looking for new trading partners.
AUSTRALIA will push for international sanctions against Fiji’s military government, but will ensure earnings from tourism are not affected to spare its people hardship, Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said on Tuesday.
After Fiji’s President Ratu Josefa Iloilo last week repealed the constitution and reinstated military chief Commodore Frank Bainimarama as prime minister, Smith said it was “almost inevitable” Fiji would be ejected from regional groupings and the Commonwealth of former British-ruled nations.
But Australia, the region’s biggest economy and aid donor, was not considering additional sanctions on top of travel bans already targeting Bainimarama and other senior members of the coup-installed government, he said.
“We don’t want to do anything which adversely impacts on the Fiji people themselves. We’re urging the international community to look at what measures the international community can apply,” Smith told state radio.
The former British colony has suffered four coups and a military mutiny since 1987, fuelled by tensions between indigenous Fijians and the large and economically powerful ethnic Indian minority.