15 Jul 2005

Forum told it needs to resolve issue of unpaid workers in Nauru more quickly

1:59 pm on 15 July 2005

The presidents of Kiribati and Nauru have told the Pacific Islands Forum it's not tackling the problem of unpaid workers on Nauru quickly enough.

The president of Nauru, Ludwig Scotty, left Kiribati today after meeting his counterpart, Anote Tong.

The leaders discussed the fate of hundreds of I-Kiribati and up to 70 Tuvalu nationals who've been working on Nauru, but cannnot return home because the Nauru government cannnot afford to pay them.

A journalist at Radio Kiribati, Ueretan Bauro, explains.

"The leaders will tell the Forum Secretariat they should work more quickly, to help solve the problem on Nauru, because they see now that it's a bit slow, in solving the problem on Nauru. They will send a letter to thank the Forum Secretariat for the help they have provided earlier to solve the problem on Nauru, which includes the workers of Kiribati and Tuvalu working in Nauru."

Ueretan Bauro says the leaders will keep working with the Forum on regional assistance to Nauru as part of the Pacific Plan, set to be delivered at the leaders' summit in October.