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Media Release

Fiji Will NOT turn its back on Kiribati

In his address during the 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Conservation and Protected Areas last week, the Prime Minister indicated that Fiji will not turn its back on the Republic of Kiribati.

Kiribati, which is comprised of a number of low lying atolls, is being threatened by rising sea levels.

“If sea level continues to rise because the wont tackle global warning, some or all the people of Kiribati may have to come to live in Fiji”, the Prime Minister said.

Recalling a similar event from our history, the Prime Minister told the conference that Fiji accepted the Banaban people in 1945, and now his government was facing a range of unprecedented and perplexing decisions and contemplated giving them refuge against the rising sea level.

Prime Minister Bainimarama repeated his call made in London two weeks ago for the industrialized nations to take action to set the appropriate carbon emission targets to arrest rising global temperatures, which is impacting small island states in the Pacific region.

The threat of rising sea levels remains a major subject in the discussion of the Climate Change dialogue.

The Prime Minister says his government is pondering how to respond to the possible inundation of countries like Kiribati as a result of climate change.

Citations:

-        Fiji Times

-        NZRI News