MARSHALL ISLANDS’ MADDISON HOPES U.S. WILL CHANGE CLIMATE POLICY

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MARSHALL ISLANDS’ MADDISON HOPES U.S. WILL CHANGE CLIMATE POLICY

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (April 13, 2001 – Marshall Islands Journal)---A top Marshall Islands official said it is hoped that the Bush administration will "come around" on the climate change issue.

Foreign Secretary Marie Maddison said a formal Marshall Islands government response to the Bush administration’s recent decision to pull out of the Kyoto Protocol process for addressing global climate change will be forthcoming in the next few days as the preparation of a national policy paper on climate change is nearly completed.

But, she added, the RMI government has already given the go-ahead for the RMI to approve the Kyoto Protocols that call for a modest reduction in greenhouse gasses in an effort to slow the impact of climate change.

While not directly addressing the Bush administration’s move – which has been criticized by many governments around the world – Maddison said that President Note has repeatedly stressed that climate change is of the "utmost urgency" and a "matter of survival" to the Marshall Islands.

"I’m hopeful that the Bush administration will come around (on the issue)," she said. It is in the very early stages of the new administration and it has rushed to come out with a policy position. "I hope that the U.S. is still in the process of developing its position and that this is not its final position.

The Marshall Islands Journal, Box 14, Majuro, Marshall Islands 96960 E-mail: journal@ntamar.com  Subscriptions (weekly): 1 year US $87.00; international $213.00 (air mail).

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