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US, New Zealand seek democracy in Fiji

US, New Zealand seek democracy in Fiji

The U.S. and New Zealand have urged restoration of democracy in Fiji, where a former top lieutenant of the military ruler has fled the country.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton discussed the situation in the Pacific island nation Tuesday with visiting New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully.
McCully said Lt. Col. Ratu Tevita Mara, who fled to Tonga last week, was once the "number three man" of Commodore Frank Bainimarama who seized power in a 2006 coup.
McCully said it was sign Bainimarama's grip on power has weakened.
Mara was accused of plotting a rebellion. Fiji is seeking his extradition.
McCully said Tonga's involvement could create tension in the region.
Fiji and Tonga have competing claims to a mineral-rich reef.


Updated : 2021-04-23 16:33 GMT+08:00