New Zealand eases Fiji sanctions, increases aid
WELLINGTON (AP) - New Zealand is easing sanctions and increasing aid to Fiji after the Pacific island nation's military regime adopted a new constitution last week.
New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says he welcomes the new constitution and Fiji's progress towards holding democratic elections.
Fiji's leader, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, seized power in a 2006 coup. He has promised to hold elections next year, which he plans to contest.
Mr McCully said on Thursday that New Zealand has ended travel bans on sports teams and those peripherally connected to the coup. Travel bans remain in place for key regime leaders.