UN 'to stop using Fiji troops'

Australian PM says move will send message that military government is not acceptable.

    Fiji's military rulers have said democracy will not be restored until at least 2014 [GALLO/GETTY]

    The military government in Fiji, led by Commodore Frank Bainimarama, came to power following a coup in 2006.

    Earlier this month, the government abrogated the constitution, sacked the judiciary, cracked down on the media and announced it was delaying elections until at least 2014.

    Last week, New Zealand's foreign minister accused the UN of being "utterly hypocritical" for continuing to use Fijian soldiers in UN peacekeeping forces.

    "It is very hard to see how they can justify using military people who have overthrown the rule of law in their own country as the agents to enforce the rule of law as peacekeepers somewhere else," Murray McCully said.

    Fiji had 231 military personnel and 51 police involved in UN peacekeeping missions last month, according to UN figures.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.