ABC Asia Pacific News
Last Updated: Tue, 28 Apr 2009 14:06:00 +1000
The United Nations is to stop recruiting Fijian soldiers for peace-keeping operations, says Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
It follows Fiji's recent suspension of its constitution.
Fiji has been high on the agenda for talks in Canberra between Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare.
The Pacific Islands Forum is set to expel Fiji on Friday and the Commonwealth is considering action.
Mr Rudd says important remittances to Fijian military families for their roles in UN operations will now also be cut off.
"Through our own interventions with the United Nations and supported by New Zealand and other countries, the United Nations is now not going to engage future or new Fijian troops for new operations," he said.
Sir Michael Somare is in Australia for political and business meetings.