Uncertainty over Fiji, Samoa climate meeting absence

Uncertainty over Fiji, Samoa climate meeting absence

Uncertainty over Fiji, Samoa climate meeting absence

Updated 19 December 2011, 15:22 AEDT

It remains unclear as to why why Fiji and Papua New Guinea failed to turn up to last week's climate change conference in Samoa.

Fiji and PNG, two of the region's largest countries, have failed to explain to the host country why they chose not to send delegates to the meeting.

The conference aims to work through a number of climate change issues, which can be tabled on the region's behalf at a critical meeting on climate change in Poland later this year.

Radio Australia's Fiji correspondent, Samisoni Pareti, who was in Samoa covering the conference on Friday, says there has been no word yet why the two countries failed to turn up.

"We did raise this with the director of the host of this round table, the director for the secretariat of the Pacific regional Environmental Program, SPREP," he said.

"He said that they too have not been informed of why the two countries, the biggest in the Pacific Islands, have not turned up and he wouldn't say whether he was diappointed or not, but certainly their absence form this meeting has been the talk of some delegates".

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