MEDIA RELEASE: FIJI AND THE NETHERLANDS DISCUSS ISSUE OF ‘CLIMATE REFUGEES’

Climate change and infrastructure development have dominated a meeting in Suva between the acting Prime Minster Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum and the new Netherlands ambassador to Fiji H.E. Rob Zaagman. Ambassador Zaagman – who is based in Wellington – paid a courtesy call on the acting PM as part of a list of engagements which also included a presentation of his credentials to his Excellency the President.
The acting PM said Fiji wanted a broader international discussion on the legal implications of what might happen to the citizens of those Pacific countries threatened by rising sea levels. “If as expected, the citizens of countries like Kiribati, Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands effectively become climate refugees, then we need to establish new international laws to confront this issue. The Netherlands shares our concerns in this area and the ambassador agreed with me on the importance of creating such a framework,” the acting PM said.

Print Friendly