Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


Pacific Islands Forum To Consider Nauru Crisis

Pacific Islands Forum To Consider Nauru Crisis

By Selwyn Manning reporting from Apia, Samoa

Leaders of Pacific nations are gathering in Apia, Western Samoa to attend 2004’s Pacific islands Forum and high on the agenda will be how the region’s nations ought to help resolve Nauru’s impending bankruptcy.


Greg Urwin, secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum, tells media that Nauru requires the Pacific region’s nations to help resolve its financial crisis.

Pacific Islands Forum secretary general, Greg Urwin, said today that Nauru no longer has the skills or networks to pull itself out of crisis. It needs the help of Australia and New Zealand and other nearby Pacific nations to help it to resolve what is a financial and humanitarian regional crisis in waiting.

Nauru, most recently famous for being Australia’s compliant ‘Pacific Solution’ location for its unwanted refugees, is on the verge of financial collapse. Over the later half of the 20th century Nauru suffered from being mined of its mineral wealth by Australia and New Zealand. Once the mines emptied of its mineral wealth, Nauru was left with little else except aid money on which to survive.

Nauru later brought in scant reserves by selling its passports to the highest bidder. Travellers wishing an alternative passport to their native land (most often from China and South East Asia) benefited from the dodgy enterprise. Up until September 11 2001 Nauru also benefited from laundering illegal money most notably sourced from the Russian mafia.

The United States signed a deal with Nauru that promised $250 million in aid if it ceased its trade in money laundering. Nauru tidied up its international financial system but was again left to its own devices when the USA reneged on the promised aid.

The Pacific Islands Forum officially opens at 4pm New Zealand time today.

Scoop will file reports over the next week keeping viewers up to speed with events in the Oceania region – topics examined will be regional security, trafficking in human beings, illegal trading in passports, and the emerging Pacific union.



Greg Urwin, secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum.


Apia, Western Samoa is host to this year’s Pacific Island Forum.


Pacific Islands Forum media centre, Apia, Samoa.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Syed Atiq ul Hassan: Eye-Opener For Islamic Community

An event of siege, terror and killing carried out by Haron Monis in the heart of Sydney business district has been an eye-opener for the Islamic Community in Australia. Haron was shot down before he killed two innocent people, a lawyer and a manager ... More>>

Jonathan Cook: US Feels The Heat On Palestine Vote At UN

The floodgates have begun to open across Europe on recognition of Palestinian statehood. On 12 December the Portuguese parliament became the latest European legislature to call on its government to back statehood, joining Sweden, Britain, Ireland, France ... More>>

ALSO:


Fightback: MANA Movement Regroups, Call For Mana Wahine Policy

In the wake of this years’ electoral defeat, the MANA Movement is regrouping. On November 29th, Fightback members attended a Members’ Hui in Tāmaki/Auckland, with around 70 attending from around the country. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: The Mockingjay Of Palestine: “If We Burn, You Burn With Us”

Raed Mu’anis was my best friend. The small scar on top of his left eyebrow was my doing at the age of five. I urged him to quit hanging on a rope where my mother was drying our laundry. He wouldn’t listen, so I threw a rock at him. More>>

ALSO:

Don Franks: Future Of Work Commission: Labour's Shrewd Move

Lunging boldly towards John Key, shouting 'Cut the crap!' - Andrew Little was great, wasn't he? Labour's new leader spoke for many people fed up with Key's flippant arrogant deceit. Andrew Little nailing the Prime minister on lying about contacting a rightwing ... More>>

Asia-Pacific Journal: MSG Headache, West Papuan Heartache? Indonesia’s Melanesian Foray

Asia and the Pacific--these two geographic, political and cultural regions encompass entire life-worlds, cosmologies and cultures. Yet Indonesia’s recent enthusiastic outreach to Melanesia indicates an attempt to bridge both the constructed and actual ... More>>

Valerie Morse: The Security State: We Should Not Be Surprised, But We Should Be Worried

On the very day that the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released her report into the actions of people the Prime Minister’s office in leaking classified Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) documents to right-wing smearmonger Cameron ... More>>

Ramzy Baroud: PFLP Soul-Searching: Rise And Fall Of Palestine’s Socialists

When news reports alleged that the two cousins behind the Jerusalem synagogue attack on 18 November were affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a level of confusion reigned. Why the PFLP? Why now? More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news