Biketawa Declaration

The Biketawa Declaration is a declaration agreed to by all the leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum constituting a framework for coordinating response to regional crises. The declaration was agreed to at the 31st Summit of Pacific Islands Forum Leaders, held at Kiribati in October 2000 in the regional context of the 2000 Fijian coup d'état and ethnic tensions in the Solomon Islands. The Biketawa Declaration has led to military and police forces as well as civilian personnel of Forum states, chiefly Australia and New Zealand, participating in regional peacekeeping and stabilization operations in Solomon Islands (2003-), Nauru (2004-2009) and Tonga (2006).

The Biketawa Declaration takes its name from the Kiribati islet of Biketawa, where negotiators met behind closed doors in order to draft the agreement.[1]


  1. McDonald, Hamish (2008-08-15). "Careful diplomat brokered regional co-operation". Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 12 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-05.

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