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14 Countries Support Sanctions On NKorea

14 Countries Support Sanctions On NKorea
Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, right, with his Papua New Guinea counterpart Peter O’Neill during the Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM8) in Iwaki City, Japan on, May 19, 2018. Photo: Sheldon Chanel.
May 20
11:02 2018

All 14 Pa­cific Island countries have agreed to stand with Ja­pan and imple­ment the United Nations sanctions placed on nuclear-armed North Korea.

Japan’s biggest concern in the South Pacific is that North Korea could circumvent the ship-to-ship transfer of goods sanction due to non-implementation and lack of po­licing resources.

Prime Minister Voreqe Baini­marama said: “The peace talks between North Korea and her neighbors are crucial to the peace, security and stability not only for the region but also for the world.”

Mr Bainima­rama, who is heading the Fi­jian delegation to the, PALM8 8th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting in Iwaki City Ja­pan, also warned of the “deadly” threat of climate change.

“Also hovering is the deadly ef­fects of climate change because if we do not do enough to lower car­bon emissions it is going to bring about destructive forces into the population.

“And small island vulnerable states like those in the Pacific will bear the brunt of destructive forc­es.”

Japan has embraced the ‘talanoa’ dialogue concept, saying it can en­able the world to address climate change and its related risks, with urgency.

In particular, the leaders stressed the importance of reducing green­house gas emissions and main­streaming renewable energy in the South Pacific.

The countries also pledged to build on the long-standing record of collaboration in the field of fisher­ies, which will entail mutually ben­eficial fishing arrangements.

Plans to implement greater moni­toring control and vessel surveil­lance at sea were announced and will deepen the partnership given the increasing maritime secu­rity concerns in the region.

Speaking af­ter the sum­mit yesterday Japan’s leader Shinzo Abe said he had confirmed with each Pacific Island country leader that they would sup­port Japan’s position on North Ko­rea.

Not only that, Mr Abe said Ja­pan would look to support from the Pacific Islands for their bid to gain permanent membership at the United Nations Security Council.

The leaders jointly declared to emphasise the importance to states making territorial claims to do so in accordance with international law and UN conventions.

Mr Abe also announced a capacity building programme for maritime law and enforcement in the region.

This initiative is part of Japan’s contribution to the region in a bid to enhance connectivity and allow freedom of navigation as well as ro­bust maritime laws.

“My message to the Pacific Is­lands is that we share a future that is closely and inextricably linked,” Mr Abe said.

The Japanese PM also announced that Japan would continue its de­velopmental assistance in the re­gion. He said Japan would imple­ment high-quality assistance to the people and societies of the Pacific in components that would aid sus­tainability and economic growth

Edited by Percy Kean


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