Tuvalu dismisses proposal of citizenship swap, calls instead for more climate action/吐瓦魯捍衛主權 拒絕以海洋資源換取澳洲國籍 / by Minute Taupo

Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga says a recent suggestion to swap Australian citizenship for maritime resources is an isolated view with no support, but countries still need to take drastic action to combat climate change.

Last month former Australian PM Kevin Rudd wrote in a recent essay that Australia should offer citizenship to residents of the small Pacific nations of Tuvalu, Kiribati and Nauru in exchange for control of their seas, Exclusive Economic Zones, and fisheries.

PM Sopoaga has described Kevin Rudd's proposals as "imperial thinking" and said the importance of Pacific nations' culture, tradition and sovereignty should be respected. However, he didn't believe Mr. Rudd represented the stance of Australia or New Zealand.

There're better way to work with small island nations when it comes to dealing with climate change.

PM Sopoaga reiterated a call that was made at 2018 Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) meeting that urged Australia to abandon coal power generation within 12 years, and to prohibit new coal plants or expansion of existing ones. World leaders should look towards more renewable energy sources rather than coal.

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吐瓦魯總理索本嘉嚴正回應前澳洲總理陸克文(Kevin Rudd)太平洋小島國如吐瓦魯、吉里巴斯等,可以海洋資源換取澳洲國籍之提議。

索本嘉總理認為,該提議極具「帝國主義」思想,忽視太平洋島國人民文化與傳統,更漠視太平洋島國主權。當然,吐瓦魯瞭解該言論不代表澳洲、紐西蘭政府之立場。

其實,因應氣候變遷,國際間有其他更好又實際的作為

索本嘉總理重申去年「太平洋島國論壇」會議中,呼籲澳洲政府重新檢視能源政策,不再新建或擴大火力發電廠,多採用可再生能源。

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