Travel sanctions against Fiji are set to be lifted,
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully announced today.
The progress the Pacific Island nation had made in holding
free and fair elections was cited as the main reason for the
policy change, with the minister saying such progress
"deserves recognition" from the international community.
"As a consequence of these developments New Zealand will be
ending all the remaining travel sanctions we have in place
against Fiji," Mr McCully said.
"This is a continuation of our policy to support Fiji's
return to democratic rule and reflects our close co-operation
with Australia on matters relating to Fiji."
The changes will end New Zealand's travel ban, and remove all
remaining restrictions on New Zealand government departments
working directly with their Fiji counterparts.
"Lifting our remaining sanctions will allow us to throw our
full weight behind supporting Fiji's return to democracy and
normalise our relationship with one of our closest
neighbours," Mr McCully said.
More than 500,000 people are now registered to vote in Fiji's
elections, to be held on September 17.