Posted on October 31, 2014 by Maya Lester
Australia is to lift all the sanctions that remain in force against Fiji, which have been in place since 2006, when Fiji experienced its 4th coup in 20 years, led by former army chief Voreqe “Frank” Bainimarama, who was sworn in as prime minister last month after winning the first elections in almost a decade.
“Today we are pleased to have met in Suva to reaffirm our mutual commitment to taking the bilateral relationship forward to a new era of partnership and prosperity.This is the first visit to Fiji by a Foreign Minister since the election and the first bilateral visit by an Australian Foreign Minister since 2008. It demonstrates our commitment to normalise our bilateral relations. We are laying the foundations for strong linkages in diverse spheres: government-government and parliamentary, defence and security, economic and trade, and people-to-people links. We look forward to Fiji and Australia resuming a full defence and regional security relationship. We also agreed to discuss regional architecture to ensure it remains relevant to political, economic and social needs.”
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This article first appeared on European Sanctions Law & Practice (http://europeansanctions.com/), a blog by Maya Lester (+44 20 7379 3550, email@example.com), a barrister at Brick Court Chambers, and Michael O’Kane (+44 (0) 20 7822 7777 firstname.lastname@example.org), head of Business Crime at Peters & Peters.