But ironically, while the regime is aligning itself with dangerous, toxic countries, regional superpowers New Zealand and Australia and super power America are patting themselves on the back for newfound warm fuzzies with Suva.
Editor's Note: The New Zealand prime minister, John Key, has told media today it's too early to allow Fii back into the Pacific Islands Forum saying he doesn't want to overstate the recent sofetning towards Suva. The European Union has also extended its sanctions by 12 months, to now end September 30th 2013. The current sanctions expire at the end of next month.
In a statement seen by Coupfourpointfive, the EU says while there has been change it is not enough to lift sanctions - a message it relays to the illegal president Epeli Nailatikau.
7. Since early 2012 some positive developments can be noted, namely the lifting of the Public Emergency Regulations on 7 January 2012 and the launch on 9 March 2012 of a political process that would see a new constitution by March 2013 and the re- establishment of a constitutional democracy through new parliamentary elections by September 2014. Restrictions on certain human rights and fundamental freedoms do, however, remain.
8. Taking into account the above considerations, the European Union should at this stage, adapt and extend the current policy and appropriate measures.
9. Therefore, the Commission is proposing to the Council to amend the aproppriate measures in order to encourage Fiji to continue on its path towards restoration of democracy, rule of law and full respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms and to extend their period of application for a further 12 months ending on 30 September 2013.
10. The EU should continue to keep a regular dialogue and permanent political engagement with Fiji, and therefore the Decision should continue to be kept under constant review.
11. It is proposed to notify this Decision to the interim Government of Fiji, on the basis of the annexed draft letter to President Nailatikau, and to inform him (a) that the EU welomes recent positive developments in Fiji towards a return to democratic rule and encourages further steps namely regarding remaining restrictions on human rights and fundamental freedoms; b) that the EU remains committed to pursuing the enhanced political dialogue under Article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement, (c) that the assessment of progress made towards return to constitutional rule will continue to guide the EU in the upcoming decisions on development cooperation, and that in this spirit the EU is willing to engage in the preparation of the 11th EDF programming process, and to notify in due course an indicative national allocation in this process, while finalisation, signing and implementation of 11th EDF programming documents will be envisaged with the democratically elected government and (d) that an Article 96 review mission and formal dialogue, to be held after the successful conclusion of a credible, inclusive and transparent constitutional consultation process, expected by March 2013, could result in a further positive review of appropriate measures if progress permits.
12. The modifications to the appropriate measures represent a first cautious response to relevant recent developments and allow in particular the start of programming discussions for the 11th EDF, and the notification of Fiji's 11th EDF indicative allocation once the necessary decisions on the establishment of the next EDF allow. The substance of the current measures remains untouched.
In a draft letter to the illegal president Epeli Nailatikau the EU says: "Some positive steps have taken place since early 2012; namely the lifting of the Public Emergency Regulations on 7 January 2012 and the announcement on 9 March of a political process that would see a new constitution by March 2013 and the re-establishment of a constitutional democracy through new parliamentary elections by September 2014. Still, restrictions on certain human rights and fundamental freedoms remain.
"In recognition of these developments and in the spirit of partnership forming the cornerstone of the Cotonou Agreement, the EU expresses its readiness to engage in new formal dialogue regarding these developments. Such a dialogue could be envisaged on the occasion of an Article 96 review mission, after the successful conclusion of an inclusive, credible and transparent constitutional consultation process, expected in March 2013."