Fiji's interim prime minister Frank Bainimarama says he will not allow the re-appointment of New Zealand and Australia High Commissioners for at least two years unless sanctions are removed.
Commodore Bainimarama has told Auckland based Radio Tarana this position of stalemate is clearly understood from all sides and that the issue is unlikely to be resolved for some time.
Just days ago Fiji's Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola said in a statement Commodre Bainimarama was 'delighted' with the outcome of a meeting with New Zealand's Forein Minister, Murray McCully in Suva on the weekend where both countries had agreed to resume diplomatic relations, albeit with acting heads of missions.
Mr McCully issued a statement after the meeting saying the respective diplomatic missions would re-open in March and that Fiji's representative Mere Tora was already in Wellington to take up the position of first secretary and acting head of mission at the Fiji High Commission.
And Mr Kubuabola said New Zealand's representative, Phillip Taula, would arrive in Suva next month to take up the same position of first secretary and acting head of mission at the New Zealand High Commission.
He added Commodre Bainimarama was delighted with the turn of events and that Fiji would next try to meet with the New Zealand Prime MInister, John Key, at the Hong Kong Sevens in May.