Fiji PM Says U.S. Pullout From Paris Climate Agreement 'Deeply Disappointing'

Bainimarama hearted by renewed commitment from China, India, EU

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 2, 2017) – Fiji's prime minister Frank Bainimarama says Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement is deeply disappointing.

Mr Bainimarama who is president of the next major climate change talks, COP23, said it's especially disappointing for people in vulnerable nations.

[PIR editor's note: On June 2, 2017 Asia Pacific Report reported that 'President Donald Trump’s move to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement is a grave moral injustice, say Pacific civil society groups. ... His decision is a clear sign of continued support for the fossil fuel industry which directly threatens the lives of communities living in the Pacific Islands. ... The group of Pacific Island civil society organisations affiliated to the Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN) say that while this move by Trump would isolate the US from any ambitious action on climate change, the Pacific and the rest of the world will carry on with Paris Agreement commitments.']

The American president said the deal disadvantaged the United States, and that he hoped to seek "a better deal".

Mr Bainimarama said he did what he could to persuade Mr Trump otherwise but he's encouraged by the commitment being shown by countries including China, India, and the European Union.

He said they would continue to lead the process, and said he was sure the US government would eventually rejoin the struggle.

Mr Bainimarama said as incoming president he'll do everything possible to accelerate the momentum by "forging a grand coalition of governments, civil society, the private sector and ordinary people.

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