Tuesday, 22 December 2009 6:13 AM

Fiji will Assist Neighbours in Climate Situation

Fiji says that it will consider taking in climate refugees from neighbouring countries in the future.

According to Fiji Times Online, the country's foreign minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, stated that the country will consider taking in climate change refugees from Tuvalu and Kiribati in the future.

He stated that 'Fiji does not have a policy on the issue yet but he said those two countries are particularly vulnerable to climate change and Fiji will consider assisting them if their situation worsens'.

"Because we have historical ties with both these two countries, and also Fiji is the gateway to these two countries, to go to Tuvalu you have to come through Fiji, so as you can understand we have a number of ties. A number of Tuvaluans live in Fiji and also Kiribati people," he said.

The statement came as negotiations on climate change were taking in Copenhagen, Denmark, last week.

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