New Zealand eases Fiji sanctions, increases aid
Wellington: New Zealand is easing sanctions and increasing aid to Fiji after the Pacific island nation`s military regime adopted a new constitution last week.
New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says he welcomes the new constitution and Fiji`s progress toward holding democratic elections.
Fiji`s leader, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, seized power in a 2006 coup. He has promised to hold elections next year, which he plans to contest.
McCully said today that New Zealand has ended travel bans on sports teams and those peripherally connected to the coup. Travel bans remain in place for key regime leaders.
New Zealand has also reinstated 10 postgraduate scholarships for Fijian students, and is increasing financial aid and election assistance.
Many observers worry the constitution will curtail certain freedoms and is self-serving to the regime.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Delhi HC backs LG, turns down plea challenging Jung's authority
- No radioactive leak at IGI airport, say AERB and Delhi govt
- WB Class 12 (HS) Result 2015 declared on wbresults.nic.in, wbchse.nic.in
- Log on to wbresults.nic.in, wbchse.nic.in for WB Class 12 (HS) Result 2015 WBCHSE
- Twitter war over IIT Madras row: Smriti Irani challenges Rahul Gandhi to debate over any issue, anywhere