Pacific NGOs angered over Pacific Forum leaders meeting

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A number of Non-government organisations in the Pacific say they are angry after again being barred from a meeting of Pacific Island Forum officials in Suva.

The meeting was held ahead of the Forum leaders conference on Niue in August.

Katabwena Tawaka, from the Pacific Island Association of NGO's, has told our Pacific Beat program it's the second consecutive year their accreditation has been denied with no reason given

"If there's ethics of good government and transparency, what is their to hide? Aren't they working for the people?" he said.

"We are working for the people too and their should be transparency - that's why we believe that if we are there we'll be able to transmit the voices heard in this meeting to our people back home at the grass roots level."

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