The European Union expressed regret on Tuesday at a decision by Fiji's military leader to expel top envoys from Australia and New Zealand, and urged the Pacific Island nation not to isolate itself.
"This development signals a further deterioration of the relations of Fiji with the international community, undermining progress towards re-engagement and dialogue,"current EU president Fredrik Reinfeldt said in a statement.
"By isolating itself, Fiji puts at risk the concerted efforts to bring about the return of rule of law and democracy," he said.
"The EU appeals to Fiji and all its partners to work together to engage in meaningful dialogue and thus prevent further negative developments."
The 27-nation bloc also reiterated concern about continued military rule in Fiji - the military ousted the elected government in a coup in December 2006 - and urged the interim administration to move quickly to restore democracy.
On November 3, self-appointed Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama announced that the heads of the Australian and New Zealand missions in Fiji would be expelled, triggering tit-for-tat expulsions from Wellington and Canberra.
Fiji was suspended from the 16-nation Pacific Islands Forum in May and from the Commonwealth in September over broken promises to hold elections by March this year.
Australia and New Zealand have been at the forefront of international condemnation of Bainimarama's regime and their travel sanctions on people associated with the regime prompted the expulsion of their envoys from Suva - AFP