GREENPEACE URGES PACIFIC ISLANDS TO FIGHT U.S. KYOTO PROTOCOL STAND

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MAJURO, Marshall Islands (April 25, 2001 – Radio New Zealand International)---Pacific Island countries are being urged to fight for themselves against the United States' decision to pull out of the Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Greenpeace says it is disappointed that Pacific countries have not taken a stronger stand on climate change in opposition to the Bush administration's actions.

A spokesperson, Angie Heffernan, is in the Marshall Islands with the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior this week.

Ms. Heffernan says the Pacific cannot expect the European Union, which has been arguing for the U.S. to respect the Kyoto Protocol, to fight for them. She says so far only the Cook Islands and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat have issued statements on the issue and yet the Pacific will be on the front-line of problems resulting from climate change.

Ms. Heffernan says Australia is following America's lead but New Zealand is to take on the role of Pacific advocate and put pressure on the U.S.

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