12 Jun 2014

Call for Forum action over Nauru crisis

7:39 pm on 12 June 2014

A New Zealand academic says an eminent persons' group should be sent to Nauru by the Pacific Islands Forum to try and resolve a political crisis.

Five of the eight Opposition MPs have been expelled indefinitely from the Parliament and one, former justice minister, Mathew Batsiua, says they have now been stripped of their entitlements, offices and salaries.

He says they were fulfilling their roles as Opposition MPs by challenging Government policy, and believe their expulsions are unconstitutional.

The head of the Pasifika Department at Massey University, Malakai Koloamatangi, says an eminent persons' group might help but the Nauru Government would need to invite such a group.

"But there are ways around it as well. You could encourage the Nauruans to ask for this, but of course the Nauruans have to agree themselves that something is wrong in their own country. Now that is a bit of a dilemma but apart from that nothing will happen. So the Forum has, I think, to push maybe softly to get this EPG, or a similar type of group, into Nauru to see what is going on."