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