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Plans on preparing and processing climate refugees into the country should be seriously factored in.
Papua New Guinea Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Soroi Eoe, said this following the sentiments echoed by Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama at the opening of the Sautalaga meeting where he recommitted Fiji’s willingness to take on refugees from Small Islands States (SIS) currently threatened by rising sea levels.
“PNG I think one of the issues that Fiji prime minister raised of climate refugees,” Eoe said.
“Fiji has already made an appeal or given an indication of support for small island countries in the event of their islands affected in one way or another they are prepared to accommodate them.
“This is something that PNG should also start thinking about as a means to accommodating these people.
“I think this climate refugees is already happening all over the world. Some of the things like Africans migrating to Europe is also climate oriented as well. These are issues which are important.”
He said while PNG needs to start looking at the issue as a matter of concern, preparations have to start for the country to not only contribute as a member of the region, but also raising the same concerns the region is pushing for.
“After all climate change affects all of us. We live in one world and whatever else affecting the world, the climate affects all of us including PNG,” he said.
Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, while reaffirming Fiji’s support to relocating SIS countries when the time should come, also delivered a message urging Australia to find ways to rapidly convert to cleaner streams of energy it has already developed beyond the coal industry it still relies heavily on.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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