Wednesday, 11 December 2013 6:11 AM

Fiji Will Help Kiribati in Climate Change Crisis

Fiji's Prime Minister has stated that his country will help Kiribati even though there are some aspects to consider as the climate change crisis escalates.

According to the Fiji Times Online, Fiji's Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, while speaking at the 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Conservation and Protected Areas last week, said that his government will not turn its back on the nation of Kiribati in its hour of need.

"If the sea level continues to rise because the world won't tackle global warming, some or all of the people of Kiribati may have to come to live in Fiji," the PM said.

According to the article, the Government of Kiribati has bought six thousand acres of land on Vanua Levu, Fiji's second largest island.

However, the Prime Minister states that 'now his government was facing a range of unprecedented and perplexing decisions as it contemplated giving them refuge against the rising sea' as Kiribati is a sovereign state.

"We clearly cannot have another sovereign nation within our borders. So what do we do? Are these people prepared to become Fijians? Can they be dual nationals of Kiribati and Fiji? How will the whole thing work?

"These are just some of the aspects we are having to consider as the climate change crisis escalates."


Source: http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=253761