GREENPEACE SAYS TUVALU ASYLUM SEEKER PLAN
SUVA, Fiji Islands (November 14, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Greenpeace
says it is ridiculous for the Australian government to consider asking
the small Pacific island country of Tuvalu to accept asylum seekers for
As part of its "Pacific Solution" which involves sending asylum seekers
to Pacific island nations, the Federal Government has had informal talks
with the government of Tuvalu.
Last year, Australia rejected a request from Tuvalu to take part in a
resettlement program for its residents, who are facing threats to fresh
water sources and crops caused by rising sea levels.
Angie Heffernan, a Pacific-based Greenpeace campaigner, said Australia
is now being hypocritical.
"You've got Tuvalu, a small island state under, you know, threat of
losing their islands because of climate change, with very limited
financial resources to actually respond," she said.
"You have a very big nation like Australia turning around, saying to
Tuvalu can you take our asylum seekers?"