New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says there is virtually no prospect of a resolution of Fiji’s military rule any time soon.
Mr Key says it is lamentable, but Fiji’s military leader, interim Prime Minister Commodore New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, intends to stay for the long haul.
During an official visit to Australia this week, Mr Key has ruled out imposing economic sanctions, saying such measures would only hurt ordinary Fijians.
He told the National Press Club in Australia’s capital of Canberra that New Zealand, like Australia, will not impose economic sanctions that would do so.
“Is there no more we can do? Well, look, not immediately, not easily. I think you’ve got a situation where you can’t force him to change, well certainly not easily and we wouldn’t propose that,” he said.
“So I do think you need to give him time and I think that’s the sense of the other Pacific leaders.”
– Radio Australia