Small Trans-Tasman Crack?
|No more Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum?|
I wonder whether we can read any significance in the different comments by the Australian and NZ Foreign Ministers. Speaking on Friday on why Fiji’s suspension from the Commonwealth would not be lifted, Kevin Rudd said, “we have seen no measurable change whatsoever by the Fiji military regime, in terms of the restoration of democracy in that country."
Speaking a month ago about the possible relaxation of the travel bans, Murray McCully said this was possible if NZ had “hard evidence of progress to elections in 2014 (and) if the Fiji government gives a firm commitment to elections in 2014.” As the NZ Herald writer observed, this seems to indicate “that Mr McCully could settle for elections in that year provided Fiji sticks to its promise.” Rudd seems to want earlier elections.