TUVALU STUDENTS TO STAY IN KIRIBATI BECAUSE OF FIJI, SOLOMONS CRISES
TARAWA, Kiribati (November 7, 2000 - Radio Kiribati/PINA Nius Online)---The government of Tuvalu has no plans to return all its enrolled students to Fiji and the Solomon Islands, as it is still uncertain about the political situation in those two countries.
Several Tuvaluan students were transferred from Fiji and the Solomons, during their separate crises, to study at the Kiribati Teachers College and the nursing school in Nawerewere.
Tuvalu Ambassador to Fiji Enele Sopoanga told Radio Kiribati that despite the efforts of the Fiji interim government to return to democracy and the warring factions in the Solomon Islands to reach a peace agreement, Tuvalu students will remain in Tarawa.
They will continue their studies in Kiribati until normalcy has returned to the two countries.
The high commissioner said the government of Tuvalu still worries about the safety of its students regarding their return to the Solomons.
When asked about their students at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, he said some Tuvalu students have stayed there as the university is a regional institution and is run by the Pacific countries.
Meanwhile, he said the Tuvalu government will further evaluate the situations in Fiji and the Solomon islands before the end of the year.
Pacific Islands News Association (PINA)
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