8 Feb 2006

A search is on for more donor aid to assist repatriation of I-Kiribati or Tuvaluans from Nauru

2:09 pm on 8 February 2006

A meeting is to be held in the Fiji capital, Suva, late this month to try and resolve the stalled repatriation of I-Kiribati and Tuvaluan workers from Nauru.

Several hundred, mainly phosphate company, workers and their families, who had been stranded on Nauru for years, are now being paid outstanding wages from funds provided by Taiwan.

But, their repatriation has been delayed by the failure to find additional donor funding to pay for the workers to return to their home countries.

The Nauru Foreign Minister, David Adeang, says they need a sponsor to pay for shipping to transport the workers home.

"I understand that the Secretary General of the Forum Secretariat is in talks with the International Office of Migration in Canberra and we are holding a meeting between the governments, or representatives of the governments of Tuvalu, Kiribati and Nauru, and the IOM at the Forum headquarters in Suva at the end of this month."

Nauru's Foreign minister, David Adeang