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Ganilau disappointed with regional neighbours

Posted: September 25, 2007 at 9:52 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Interim Environment Minister Bernadette Rounds- Ganilau is disappointed at the lack of interest shown by other Pacific countries in the recent environment seminar.

Rounds-Ganilau commenting on the 19th meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, said she was proud that Fiji is compliant with the international conventions.

However, she was disappointed that some Pacific Island countries who have yet to be legislated.

“There was a pacific declaration that was written and signed by a number of pacific island countries, and this was done in the 13th meeting, this year we are attending the 19th meeting.

“And in it we promised, to comply with international conventions so that we can lower the depletion of ozone substances into the air, which really opens up and keeps open the hole up there in the ionosphere.

“But unfortunately most of the pacific island countries have not legislated or licensed their programs and Fiji was just left there quite strongly,” said she.

Ganilau said it was a proud moment for Fiji to be asked by the Secretary General to lead in the statements during the high level preliminary before the EU and the United States.

Ganilau was invited to the meet by the Vienna Convention and its Montreal Protocol as a representative of the Fiji Government.