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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Sept. 30) – The President of the Kiribati made a plea for support at the United Nations in the face of rising sea levels and the coming hurricane season.

The Associated Press reported leaders and foreign ministers from Pacific islands and the Carribean Islands of St. Kitts and Nevis raised their continuingconcerns at the UN General Assembly’s annual ministerial meeting.

The Kiribati President, Anote Tong, called for equal attention to be given to the concerns of low-lying countries in the Pacific as the threat of climate change increases.

President Tong urged UN countries to ratify the 1997 Kyoto Treaty developed to reduce the production of greenhouse gases blamed for warming the atmosphere and raising the sea level.

He says the threat of climate change is as serious as the fight against terrorism.

October 1, 2004

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