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Leaders Resolve Not To Move

A panel of Pacific leaders yesterday all agreed that migration was not the answer to the fight against climate change. The panel was made up of the Kiribati President Anote
04 Sep 2015 11:06
Leaders Resolve Not To Move
High Commissioner for Pakistan Naela Chohan (left), talks with Fiji’s High Commissioner to Australia Yogesh Punja at the Pacifc Islands Development Forum Leaders’ Summit at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

A panel of Pacific leaders yesterday all agreed that migration was not the answer to the fight against climate change.

The panel was made up of the Kiribati President Anote Tong, Prime Minister of Tonga Samiuela Akilisi Pohiva, Tuvalu PM Enele Sopoaga and President of Federated States of Marshall Islands  Christopher Loeak.

Mr Pohiva asked why should they migrate.

He put forward three questions:

–         Where will they move?

–           How are they going to move?

–           Who will move them?

President Tong said moving was the last resort.

He said climate change was a humanitarian issue and Pacific leaders should be talking to the right people as time was running out.

Mr Sopoaga and Mr Loeak both agreed that there should be no migration.

All the leaders reckoned they should not be allowed to lose their culture, traditions and customs.

 

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