Statement by EU Commissioner on Fiji’s Sugar Allocation

18 May 2009 – For Immediate Release

Suva, FIJI -
The European Commission has taken the decision to cancel the 2009 sugar allocation for Fiji in the absence of any indications that a legitimate government will be in place in 2009.

Fiji’s allocation for sugar reform accompanying measures for 2009 totalled EUR 24 million. The Commission would have made this financing available to Fiji subject to a legitimate government being in place in accordance with EU Council decision of 1 October 2007.

European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel said: “I encourage the Government of Fiji to fulfil its commitments to the EU so that we are able to reinstate sugar reform payments in the future.”

The poor Indo-Fijian farmers – they just got poorer.  That’s what you get for putting your faith in a snake.  The only thing that can really help them – or us – is free and fair elections NOW. 

God bless Fiji

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