13 Dec 2007

Nauru opposition calls for Australian support as camps set to close

3:00 pm on 13 December 2007

The Nauru opposition is calling on Australia to continue to support vital development projects on the island despite its decision to shut down the asylum seeker detention camps on the island.

Dr Kieren Keke, the leader of a group of politicians who resigned from the government last month, says most Nauruans can understand Australia's decision to close the camp, but the financial impact on Nauru will be felt deeply.

He says the funds Nauru received for allowing the facility to operate played an important role in helping the country get back on its feet.

But Dr Keke says however there is still a lot of work to be done to improve the lives of the 10,000 people on Nauru.

He says they hope Australia will continue to support efforts to upgrade health and education programmes, while restoring infrastructure such as the power system is also a priority.