Posted at 02:17 on 30 March, 2010 UTC
The European Union has decided to extend its sanctions against Fiji by six months until October.
The move is to put pressure on the military regime in Suva to return to democracy and respect human rights.
The EU says the decision follows the delay in implementing commitments the Fiji authorities made to the EU, notably concerning the abrogation of the constitution, human rights violations and the postponement of parliamentary elections.
The EU froze its development aid to Fiji and cut off the payment of subsidies to Fiji sugar farmers in October 2007 after the military commander ousted the elected government.
The EU says it considers the extension of the measures as an opportunity for new discussions with the government of Fiji.
It also says the 27-member bloc will maintain humanitarian operations and direct support to civil society and democracy building.
The Fiji regime says there will be no election before 2014.
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Latest news that may make the illegal regime sit up and take note (if that is vaguely possible considering their unbelievable arrogance) with Taiwan putting an end to ‘chequebook diplomacy’ to some Pacific Islands because MPS are using the hard earned monies of the Taiwanese taxpayers provided for aid money, as slush funds for their own personal use.
Now that Taiwan has set the course, other Nations may follow suit, and not before time.
This may well cause the illegal regime in Fiji to implode as it scratches around to pay it self the ‘big bucks’ it is not entitled to.
Where to now for the kanaloto brigade, back to the mango tree, he he he he.
Way to go!