INDEPENDENT NEWS

Hostages' release a relief - sanctions threat

Published: Thu 13 Jul 2000 08:42 PM
13 July 2000 Media Statement
Hostages' release a relief but threat of sanctions remains
Prime Minister Helen Clark and Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff said tonight that the release unharmed of the hostages in Fiji came as a tremendous relief.
"Mahendra Chaudhry and his colleagues have endured eight weeks of horror at the hands of Mr Speight and his supporters.
"This breakdown of democracy in Fiji has been a tragedy, and Fiji remains far from a return to democratic government.
"News today of hostages being taken in another resort, and the seizure of police stations, the building of road blocks, the burning of buildings, and the closure of the main hydro-electric station by Speight's supporters is evidence of a country sliding towards anarchy.
"New Zealand has signalled clearly in the last few weeks that the installation of a government in Fiji which lacks a basic commitment to democracy will lead to the application of a number of measures against Fiji.
"We continue to urge the Great Council of Chiefs to show leadership and display wisdom in signalling a desire to return to a democratic government and constitution as soon as possible.
"If there are signs of goodwill, New Zealand will work with, encourage and support a new administration. If not, and there is instead an ultra-nationalist regime denying basic human rights to many, New Zealand will bring into force a range of sanctions," Helen Clark and Phil Goff said.
ENDS

Next in New Zealand politics

Trades Hall bombing case re-opened, evidence released
By: RNZ
Govt targets fewer deaths on the road
By: New Zealand Government
Teachers unions to take legal action against Novopay
By: RNZ
Consensus reached on reducing agricultural emissions
By: New Zealand Government
Gordon Campbell on what’s wrong with Wellington
By: Gordon Campbell
$1m Compensation To Christchurch Gun Owners In First Event
By: RNZ
Youth Parliament 2019 Event Kicks Off in the Capital
By: New Zealand Government
Foreign Minister to visit United States of America
By: New Zealand Government
Gordon Campbell on the Aussie banks’ latest fee hike excuse
By: Gordon Campbell
Safer roads mean investment, not slowing down
By: New Zealand National Party
MTA welcome focus on vehicle safety
By: Motor Trade Association
Safer speeds for Northland roads
By: New Zealand Transport Agency
Better Driver Training must be part of Road to Zero
By: Greg Murphy Racing
Long delay in pay increase for teachers unacceptable
By: NZEI
Greater role for gas in electrification of transport
By: BusinessDesk
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media