Saturday, May 23, 2009
Radio New Zealand International reported that the European Commission has cancelled Fiji’s 2009 sugar allocation, which will cost Fiji more than 32 million US dollars. The European Commission said it decided to cancel the allocation because there was no indication that a legitimate government would be in place in Fiji in 2009.
The European Commission said it would have made 32 million dollars worth of sugar reform accompanying measure available, subject to a legitimate government being in place in accordance with EU Council decision of October 2007. The European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel, urged the Government of Fiji to fulfil its commitments to the EU so that sugar reform payments could be reinstated in the future. Because of a news blackout in Fiji, news of the European Commission's action does not appear to be widely known in Fiji.
Fiji’s military leader, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, had promised to hold elections by March of 2009 but he now says elections won’t be held before 2014.
Hat tip to Radio New Zealand International and the East-West Center