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Kiwis to discuss impasse

Written By : SERA JANINE. Senior New Zealand government officials are expected to meet today to discuss the standoff with the interim government. Former New Zealand acting High Commissioner to
01 Jan 2009 12:00

Written By : SERA JANINE. Senior New Zealand government officials are expected to meet today to discuss the standoff with the interim government.
Former New Zealand acting High Commissioner to Fiji Caroline McDonald is expected to meet Foreign Affairs minister Murray McCully today to brief him on the circumstances that led to her being declared persona non grata by the interim government.
Ms McDonald was given five days to leave the country when she was declared unwelcome by the regime on December 23.
She left on Sunday and expressed her sadness at the recent development in relations between her country and the interim government.
Ms McDonald was told to leave the country for unspecified inappropriate actions and for not engaging with the interim administration.
Mr McCully told the New Zealand media the appointment of a replacement for Ms McDonald would be a long time coming.
“This time around we would have to think quite carefully about why we would want to send somebody into an environment where, on the current track record, there’s a high chance of them simply being sent home again,” he said.
“After the Pacific Leaders’ Forum meeting on January 27 we will get a feel for whether things are going to improve or not improve and that will give us some guidance as to how we should see the way forward.”
Along with Ms McDonald, the NZ High Commission lost her husband Simon Mark, who was the trade commissioner, as well as police and defence attaches.




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