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Fiji's expulsion of diplomat is not Australia's fault: PM

07-15-2010 14:33 BJT

CANBERRA, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said on Thursday a diplomatic row with Fiji is not Australia's fault.

Fiji this week expelled Australia's acting high commissioner in retaliation for what it claimed was Australia's meddling in the Fiji's affairs.

"The issue in Fiji is not of our creation but relates to decisions made by the regime there which we obviously believe to be completely inappropriate," Gillard told the National Press Club in Canberra on Thursday.

Fiji's self-appointed prime minister Frank Bainimarama seized power in a 2006 coup and has deferred elections to 2014, sacked judges, and cracked down on the media.

Australia has condemned the developments, sparking a series of diplomatic incidents.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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