15 Sep 2004

Forum gives Nauru representative flexible role

4:10 pm on 15 September 2004

The secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum says its newly appointed representative to Nauru will have a flexible brief to do what she can to help the troubled nation.

The Forum has sent Chitra Jeremiah, a former Nauruan Secretary to the Government, on a 12-month mission to the island as the first part of its response to Nauru's plea for regional help.

Greg Urwin says it's an experiment for the Forum, which has not undertaken this type of exercise before.

He says the agency wants Ms Jeremiah to help Nauru adjust to the crisis facing it.

"And in particular to assist Nauru to access the range of regional services that may be available to it through the agencies it is a member of and more broadly in the international community, the donor community. That is the kind of brief we have given her, but we will treat that brief flexibly and she will be doing whatever she appropriately can to assist Nauru through this period."

Greg Urwin