#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: NZ and Aust retaliate - Savou and Arya sent packing

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

NZ and Aust retaliate - Savou and Arya sent packing

Fiji's high commissioner to Australia has been expelled and its envoy to New Zealand is now persona non grata.

The expulsion and demotion come as the diplomats of the both countries prepare to leave Suva on the orders of interim prime minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

Commodore Bainimarama issued the 24 hour notices last night.

Canberra based Kamlesh Kumar Arya was given notice late this afternoon. The announcement was made by Foreign Minister Stephen Smith, who said Arya has been ordered to return to Suva.

The prime minister, Kevin Rudd, had earlier reitereated that Australia would maintain its hardline on Fiji.

Wellington based Kuliniasi Seru Savou has been declared persona non grata, which means he must leave New Zealand.

It's believed that more time is being sought for New Zealand's envoy, Todd Cleaver, to make his departure.

New Zealand's Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, has told media that under the Vienna Convention, "reasonable time"' must be given to diplomats to leave a country under these circumstances.

The New Zealand mission in Fiji has been closed to the public and could stay shut for several days.

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