The issue of sanctions against Fiji has popped up again during a meeting in Apia between the Samoan Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielelagaoi, and New Zealand's Foreign Affairs minister, Murray McCully.
McCully is visiting Samoa as part of his annual Pacific mission.
At a press conference, Tuilaepa was asked about the situation in Fiji and made the following observation. "I think the New Zealand and Australia are too soft, they should be quadrupling or increasing their sanctions 10 times."
He said ordinary people would not suffer because they grew their own food and fished from the sea, the only people to be affected would be those who supported the illegal military government.
Tuilaepa said the Pacific was often likened to the situation in Africa where soldier "roam the countryside and kill people left, right and centre and steal their property... that doesn't happen in the Pacific".
He said Fiji would deal with it's own problems but would need time to sort it out for itself and everyone else must have patience.
"The Fijians will eventually solve their own problems by talking, waiting, rest, talking, eat, talk again, eventually they will solve their problems themselves."
McCully said Tuilaepa's strong words showed it was not New Zealand and Australia pushing other Pacific nations to speak out against Fiji, as the leadership there often claims. (original source Stuff.co.nz)