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Pacific Islands Forum supports Marshall Islanders call for justice about climate change, and nuclear bomb tests

VIDEO Marshall Islands gains Pacific Islands Forum support for US nuclear legacy By Pacific correspondent Sean Dorney  6 Sep 2013,  The annual Pacific Islands Forum has wrapped up in the Marshall Islands with relations between the host nation and two of its largest aid donors, the US and Taiwan, under some strain.

Along with keynote support for the Majuro Declaration for Climate Leadership which commits the countries to increasing their efforts to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions by turning to alternative, sustainable energy resources, the US announced a new aid injection for the region.

“We’re announcing today a new Pacific American Climate Fund that’s going to be administered through the USAid where support will be provided to the Small Island Developing States with a focus on adaptation,” said Sally Jewell, the United States Secretary for the Interior. Meanwhile, the official forum communique stated its support for the Marshall Islands in its dispute with the United States over more compensation for nuclear contamination.

In a joint news conference with the US interior secretary, Marshall Islands’ President Christopher Loeak restated the sensitivities around the issue.

“The Republic of the Marshall Islands and the United States have a unique and deep friendship even though we may have our differences including on high sensitive, highly sensitive issues,” he said.

So highly sensitive, the interior secretary referred the nuclear contamination issue to the US Ambassador to the Marshall Islands, Tom Armbruster……..

September 7, 2013 - Posted by | climate change, OCEANIA

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