8 May 2015

Regional agencies called on to step in and help Nauru

7:16 pm on 8 May 2015

A Pacific political scientist says the Pacific Islands Forum or Micronesian agencies should step in and help Nauru.

It is a year since the bulk of Nauru's opposition was suspended from Parliament.

In the interim it has made a number of controversial decisions -- the latest being a ban on access to social media sites, such as Facebook.

The head of the Pasifika Centre at Massey University in New Zealand, Malakai Koloamatangi, says the Nauru Government is under pressure and needs help, but that assistance cannot come from Australia or New Zealand.

"Perhaps it is time for the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat to look at Nauru and maybe also some of the Micronesia bodies that are quite close in proximity to try and find a way forward because what is going to happen is, if New Zealand and Australia are seen to impose solutions on Nauru, it is going to backfire."

Malakai Koloamatangi.

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