SYDNEY, Australia (Australian Broadcasting Corp, Dec. 28) - The Federal Government is suspending all funding for Fiji's military involvement in the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands.

Prime Minister John Howard says the decision is a direct response to Fiji's recent coup.

"This is a consequence of the Fijian military overthrowing a lawfully elected government," he said. "The military Government in Fiji must understand that there are consequences for what it did."

The move means Fiji will not be able to take the lead role in the mission next year, as it was scheduled to do under a rotation system.

Mr. Howard says sanctions have already been implemented against Fiji's new regime, including prohibition on travel and suspension from the Commonwealth.

"Unless the world and, in particular, close friends and partners like Australia demonstrate their displeasure, then the regime will imagine that it's been a costless exercise," he said.

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