Regime throws down the gauntlet to EU

Bainimarama has one standard tactic when dealing with democratic government – make threats. He’s refusing to sign on to the EU’s interim Economic Partnership Agreement because it doesn’t give him everything he wants. PNG has signed on, but not Mr Tough Guy. He’s already defied the EU over elections and threw away the aid he needed to make our sugar industry more efficient. Now, if he doesn’t sign on to the agreement, we’ll lose duty free access to EU markets, which will affect all products, not just sugar. He thinks democracies have to be treated with contempt but undemocratic regimes are treated to the sight of him on his knees with begging bowl.

Radio Fiji 13 June 2013 EU: Fiji sugar could be affected

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