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India and Australia search for a solution to the Fijian crisis, but stop short of slapping sanctions on the island

WATCH out, they're getting away with it! The mobile phone-toting Fijian coup leader George Speight and his band of pig-slaughtering, merry-making goons have provoked only a lot of tough talk of sanctions from the international community, nothing more.

Australia, which leads world opinion in the Indo-Pacific region, has so far only threatened to downgrade relations and recommend the suspension of Fiji from the Commonwealth until democracy is restored. New Zealand is coordinating its position closely with the Australian stand. An ocean away, the US too has threatened sanctions against the Pacific isle. In London, foreign secretary Robin Cook has said that the use of armed force to achieve political ends will not be tolerated. India has sent an envoy to the region to play its part in helping restore democracy to the besieged island.

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