#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: EU extends sanctions

Friday, September 25, 2009

EU extends sanctions

The European Union has extended sanctions against Fiji for another six months, in order to press its military leadership to address human rights abuses and restore democracy.

A decision by Fiji's military-led government to delay elections and "further regressive developments" are violations of "key commitments" the country made to the European Union two years ago, the 27-nation bloc said.

The decision means about NZ$62.48 million in development aid will remain frozen as well as commitments of NZ$235 million in EU funds to restructure Fiji's ailing sugar industry. The measures were introduced in 2007.

Fiji has been under military rule since self-appointed Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, the country's armed forces chief, seized power in a 2006 coup. His government had promised elections earlier this year - Stuff

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