Posts Tagged ‘Coup’

Mara gets 2 days in New Zealand to tell his story

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Tevita Mara gets 2 days in New Zealand “to tell his story”. However John Key says that New Zealand is “taking quite a cautious view.” While Australia has removed Mara permanently from its travel ban list, Key said, “We have no intention of doing that at this stage.” “It will be an opportunity for New Zealand Ministry Read more

Tevita Mara – Wows the Aussies and Kiwis

Friday, June 17th, 2011

The interim Fijian Government says it expects Australia to respond positively to a request to extradite Ratu Tevita Mara. It may be disappointed because the Australian and New Zealand Governments appear see Mara as a credible figure around which to base a serious challenge to Commodore Bainimarama Mara began his campaign in Australia by invoking the mana of his father, Read more

New Zealand won’t relax sanctions for World Cup

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

New Zealand Prime Minster, John Key and Rugby World Cup minister Murray McCully both have said  that New Zealand had no intention of using the World Cup as an excuse to relax sanctions which it has applied against Fiji since a 2006 military coup. Vidya Lakhan president of the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Read more

Canberra’s hardline approach to Fiji has failed

Friday, May 13th, 2011

The Australian foreign policy establishment has been plunged into an agonising debate with the gradual realisation that Canberra’s hardline approach to Fiji has failed. “The bipartisan consensus between Labor and the Coalition that the diplomatic cold shoulder and targeted sanctions would eventually bring the Bainimarama regime to heel has been shattered.” says Graham Davis. “Australia grossly Read more