A New Zealand opposition MP says the country must help Fiji to avoid falling back into a coup mentality in the future.
Defence minister, Gerry Brownlee, is visiting Fiji this week in a bid to rebuild defence co-operation and engagement between the two countries.
Following Fiji’s elections in September, New Zealand lifted its last sanctions on Fiji which until March included a travel ban on the Fiji military for its role in ousting the elected government in 2006.
The Labour Party’s defence spokesperson, Phil Goff, says a coup mentality has blighted Fijian politics for several decades.
“I don’t think the coup has been forgotten but I think the mindset needs to be – let’s build on what has been achieved in the election, let’s look forward and not just backwards.”
The Labour Party’s defence spokesperson, Phil Goff.
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