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Pacific Island Leaders meet Obama in Paris



The leaders of Kiribati, Marshall Islands and Papua New Guinea have stressed the region’s climate change demands at a meeting with US President Barrack Obama on the sidelines of COP21 in Paris.

The leaders put to Obama the need for a climate change deal to include loss and damage provisions and a global temperature rise restricted to 1.5 degrees.

The President of Kiribati described the meeting as useful.

Anote Tong says the United States has assured the leaders of some commitments but he says the details need to be worked out.

“Some understandings have been reached but will not mean a trade-off of 1.5 global goals for loss and damage,” said Tuvalu’s Prime Minister, Enele Sopoaga.

The Tuvaluan leader was not in the meeting with President Obama but has been I close contact with Senior US Government officials including the Secretary of State, John Kerry, on the negotiating positions of Tuvalu and other Pacific Small Island Developing States.

“We will need to work out these details with the US negotiators in the coming days,” explained Sopoaga.

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