Fijian peacekeepers should go home - Greens
Green MP Keith Locke wants Fijiian troops under New Zealand
command to be
sent home from East Timor, and Fiji to be excluded from all future UN
Fiji military's capitulation to George Speight means that it
treated as an enemy of democracy," said Mr Locke, the Green's foreign
even rewarded the army officers who executed the coup,
them back into the fold at full rank."
"Fijian troops should be banned from current and
future UN peacekeeping
missions, and we should have nothing further to do with the Fiji military
until there is a return to democracy."
New Zealand is directly
involved with Fijian troops in East Timor, with
Fijian soldiers effectively under New Zealand command in the Suai area.
"The Government should ask UNTAET to replace the
Fijian troops as quickly as
possible," said Mr Locke.
"New Zealand should also insist that any UN money owing
to Fiji for
peacekeeping is withheld until constitutional government is restored."
Mr Locke said Fiji's military is
largely sustained by UN funds, and gets
much of its mana from its peacekeeping role.
"Pulling the plug now would be
a good wakeup call to them. They allowed
George Speight and his men to overthrow democracy in Fiji. It must be made
clear that this is unacceptable to New Zealand and other democratic