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Monday, April 20, 2009

Kiwi soldiers may be sent to Fiji

New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key says troops will be sent to Fiji if the need arises.

He told TVNZ's Breakfast programme that the Government was not planning to, but would send if things got worse in coup coup land.

Under the Public Emergency Regulations, Fiji's military and police have the authority to use lethal force and power with immunity from prosecution.

New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully told Radio New Zealand it's not a priority at the moment but the idea hasn't been ruled out.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is all political rhetoric with no substance. Former PM David Lange recalled SAS troopers enroute to Fiji after the coup in 1987. John Howard didn't like the prospect of Aust soldiers facing off with Fiji Army in downtown Suva. All this hot-air bluster is meant to consolidate their own power base in NZ & Aust repectively. They have to be seen by their constituents to be doing something/anything about the situation in Fiji. At the end of the day, I don't think the Kiwis and the Aussies are really serious about sending in their soldiers. It would be political suicide for them, especially if Aussie and Kiwi blood is shed in the streets of this banana republic.