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Foro de las Islas del Pacífico entra en crisis tras la retreata de Kiribati

This content was published on 11 July 2022 – 01:21

Sydney (Australia), July 11 (EFE).- The Forum of the Pacific Islands was plunged into a crisis by the announcement of the withdrawal of Kiribati from this multilateral organization, which celebrated between Monday and Thursday a summit marked by the fear of the increasing influence of China in the region.

Kiribati together with the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, the Marshall Islands and Nauru announced last year that it was withdrawing in June from this Forum because it considered that the election of the current secretary general, Henry Puna, did not respect the pact no escrito para The rotation of this post is between three subregions: Micronesia (to which the five nations belong), Polynesia and Melanesia.

Sin embargo, last month, the president of Fiji, Frank Bainimarama, whose country holds this year’s secretariat of the Forum, reached an agreement with all members to keep Puna, from the sub-region of Melanesia, in office until 2024. que tenía que ser ratificado en la cumbre de esta semana.

The president of Kiribati, Taneti Maamau, wrote this weekend in Puna, saying that his country will not endorse the agreement signed in Suva to maintain it in office because it has not been consulted in this regard, as well as its withdrawal from the Forum of the Islands. Pacífico, informó este lunes la cadena pública australiana ABC.

“Para Kiribati esto es una cuistão de principios, aquel que apunta a la necesidad de equidad, igualdad e inclusión”, precisó the president of Kiribati in the letter cited by the ABC.

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With the departure of Kiribati, which restored its diplomatic ties with Beijing in 2019 after breaking relations with Taiwan, the Pacific Islands Forum is debilitated at times when the countries of the region look with fear at the expansion of China, especially after la firma de un acuerdo de seguridad con Islas Salomón.

Tras este pacto, que se conoció en abril pasado y se negoció de forma opaca, Pekin intends to sell a pact with ten nations of the Pacific with which it maintains alliances, but for the moment it has not progressed due to the suspicions of the governments of the islands. .

El Foro de las Islas del Pacífico brings together Australia, Fiji, Islas Cook, Kiribati, Nueva Caledonia, la Polinesia Francesa, Micronesia, Nauru, Nueva Zelanda, Niue, Palau, Papúa Nueva Guinea, Islas Marshall, Samoa, Islas Salomón, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Además tiene como members asociados a Tokelau, American Samoa, Guam, Islas de Marianas Septentrionales, Wallis y Futuna, así como el Banco de Desarrollo Asiático, la Comisión de Pesca del Pacífico Central y Occidental, el Banco Mundial y la UNU. EFE

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