Good news for Fiji

With the removal of Kevin Rudd and the appointment of Bob Carr as Foreign Minister a remarkable thaw has happened with regard to Fiji.

BOB Carr will begin to reverse six years of hard-line Labor policy against the government of Fijian dictator Frank Bainimarama.

Mr Carr will offer an olive branch to the military strongman, who seized power in the small Pacific island nation after a military coup in 2006.

The new Foreign Affairs Minister will travel to New Zealand tomorrow to meet NZ Prime Minister John Key to discuss Fiji’s banning from the Pacific Islands Forum in 2009.

Incentives for Fiji are likely to include lifting some of the “sticks” against the regime, including the forum’s ban on the junta – and some reversal of Australian sanctions set up in the wake of the coup.

These include a blanket ban on the supply, sale or transfer to Fiji of arms and related material, the provision of technical advice, assistance or training, a financial service or financial or other assistance to Fiji related to military activities or  any activity that involves the sale or supply of any export-sanctioned goods to Fiji.

I sense a change from New Zealand as well. This is great news for Fiji.

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