Australia has been told to recognise the status of the Fiji High Commission in Canberra or face the consequences.
Fiji’s Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, is quoted in the Fiji Sun newspaper as having asked the Australian High Commissioner James Batley to upgrade the position of Fiji’s High Commission to Australia.
Fiji’s current diplomatic representative in Canberra, Kamlesh Arya, is officially only an acting High Commissioner.
Commodore Bainimarama says Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd should immediately upgrade the position of Fiji’s High Commission or the Australian High Commission in Suva will be downgraded.
Mr Batley says he has not been informed of that decision, and that he met with the the permanent secretary of Fiji’s Foreign Affairs department last week and he did not even raise the issue.