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INDONESIA TO FAST TRACK PAPUA GAS FIELD PROJECT

JAYAPURA, Papua (Asia Pulse/Antara/Irian News, Dec 27) - The Indonesian government is seeking to accelerate the Tangguh gas field project in the Bintuni Bay, Manokwari district, Papua province, which holds some 18.3 trillion cubic feet of liquid natural gas (LNG).

"We are seeking a mechanism, the fast track," said Minister for Energy and Mineral Sources Purnomo Yusgiantoro.

President Megawati Soekarnoputri said last week he expects the project will be completed by early 2007.

The president was attending a celebration to mark the start of the gas field project, co-sponsored by the state- oil company, Pertamina, and British oil and gas giant, BP.

According to Minister Purnomo, this gas field project would be complementary to those in Arun, Nanggro Aceh Darussalam province, and Bontang, East Kalimantan province.

The project is expected to cost about US$2 billion. The gas exploration began in 1994. The volume of gas reserve in Merauke reached about 14...

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FIJI SHUTS DOWN POULTRY IMPORTER, CITES DISEASE

SUVA, Fiji (Radio Fiji, Dec. 31) – Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture has banned chicken imports from the United States, citing concern about the threat of disease.

The ban, which came after reports that the threat of Newcastle's Disease from imported poultry is high, infuriated chicken importer Fred Caine.

Cane denies claims by the government that his poultry poses a threat in Fiji, saying he was being made a scapegoat.

Caine said his company, Lincoln Farm, had earnings of nearly US$4 million a year. It has now been forced to close down.

Caine says instead of supporting an industry, which was providing employment for people, and providing competition for other poultry producers, the government did just the opposite.

He also says they weren't consulted when a public review on the issue had taken place.

"Two local producers met, they paid a consultant to put a report together and I believe it was a public report and we weren't invited to give...

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PALAU OFFERS HAND IN GUAM RECOVERY

KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon/Marianas Variety, Dec. 31) - Palau will send a team of carpenters to Guam to help the territory repair the extensive damage left by Supertyphoon Pongsona

PalauVice President Sandra Pierantozzi said the carpenters and other workers of the Ministry of Resources and Development are waiting for the "go-signal" from Guam Gov. Carl T.C. Gutierrez.

Pierantozzi said she talked with Gutierrez who told her that they would need the carpenters in the recovery efforts.

The government of Guam is already arranging transportation and lodging for the construction workers as well as preparations for the purchase of building materials, she said.

Pierantozzi said Palau’s government, with the help of the state governors, has also sent 2,100 pounds of fresh reef fish to the victims of Supertyphoon Pongsona.

December 31, 2002

For additional reports from the Marianas Variety, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT...

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PAPUAN REFUGEES HELD BY AUSTRALIANS IN PNG

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Radio Australia, Dec. 31) - Australia's immigration department says a group of refugees spent a night in military custody after a flare-up at the Manus Island processing center in Papua New Guinea.

The center is located within the grounds of the Lombrum Naval Base in the northern island province.

An immigration department spokesman says a group of 15 detainees, believed to be Papuan and seeking refuge in Australia, charged a gate and walked out of the center Monday night.

He says the refugees had been in dispute with officials, claiming information about resettlement was being withheld.

The spokesman says the group was detained by PNG defense force personnel and placed in military custody overnight.

The spokesman says all the detainees have been returned to the immigration facility, and he's not aware of any injuries sustained in the incident.

A spokesman for the immigration minister had earlier said a couple...

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KIRIBATI ELECTIONS DELAYED

TARAWA, Kiribati (Radio Australia, Dec. 31) - In Kiribati, the election of the president and the parliamentary speaker, originally scheduled for Monday, has been postponed.

A delay in the election means the new parliament will now not meet until January 6th.

Up to four candidates may stand for election as president to replace outgoing President Teburoro Tito whose government lost 14 of its 25 seats, including seven cabinet members, in the election earlier this month.

Meanwhile key figures of the ruling party and the opposition have begun canvassing support for their candidates.

In an interview with the country's national broadcaster, President Teburoro Tito, said he had secured the support of several new parliamentarians.

Despite a disappointing showing at the general election earlier this month, President Tito said he would press for one of his party's candidates to stand in the presidential election when parliament convenes its first meeting to...

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25,000 GUAM VICTIMS TO RECEIVE RED CROSS HELP

HAGATNA, Guam (Marianas Variety, Dec. 31) - Immediately following the impact of Supertyphoon Pongsona, volunteers from the local chapter of the American Red Cross assisted families affected by this devastating storm.

Five days into the emergency phase of the relief operation, the Red Cross began registering families who suffered damage to their homes through a toll free number in order to begin receiving financial assistance.

To date, the Red Cross has registered over 25,000 families with more than 10,000 having already received financial assistance.

Each day additional families continue to be assisted financially through the Astumbo and Agat Service Centers. This assistance is being provided so that people can purchase essential items lost or damaged as a result of the storm.

As the relief efforts move forward, the Red Cross has begun to see a significant decline in the number of families requesting assistance in meeting their emergency needs.

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FIJI TO DEFEND SUGAR PRICES AT WTO HEARINGS

SUVA, Fiji (RNZI, Dec. 31) – The European Union will allow Fiji to join hearings at the World Trade Organization on Australia and Brazil’s challenge against the EU sugar regime.

Fiji live reports that the EU has also promised Fiji that it will receive financial help to get legal advice and for representation at the WTO proceedings.

It says Brazil and Australia want African, Caribbean and Pacific sugar producing countries to sell their produce at world market prices and not at prices set by the EU regime.

Currently, Fiji gets special quotas and sells its sugar in EU markets at almost three times the world market price.

Fiji’s sugar export earnings from sugar in the last five years was over US$465 million.

EU sources say the Australian-Brazil challenge seeks to erode the EU’s special price for its sugar imports from ACP countries and a reduction in preferential quotas.

Fiji’s Ambassador to the EU, Isikeli Mataitoga says Fiji’s economy and 200...

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JAYAPURA POLICE INVESTIGATE PAPUA BORDER SHOOTING

JAKARTA, Indonesia (PINA, Dec. 30) - Jayapura's Police chief is leading investigations into the shooting of three members of a Papuan human rights activist's family on the border with Papua New Guinea.

Adj. Sr. Comr. Totok Kasmiarto, who heads Indonesian police in the provincial capital, personally led the police team in the Wutung area collecting evidence, the Jakarta Post reported.

Shot and injured were the wife, a child and a relative of Papuan human rights activist John Bonay. They had been on their way to visit relatives across the border in Vanimo, Papua New Guinea.

Bonay had accused the Indonesian military of involvement in the deadly August 1 ambush at Papua's big American-owned company Freeport gold and copper mine. There was speculation the attack could be linked to this.

The police investigation team collected projectiles found at the Wutung site. It also received other evidence, collected by soldiers stationed at the Papua-Papua New Guinea...

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CNMI POISED TO FIRE BANK OF GUAM AFTER LOAN REBUFF

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Dec. 31) – Gov. Juan N. Babauta says the government is "ready" to sever its more than 20-year-old business relations with Bank of Guam, adding that the bank’s partnership with the Northern Marianas is "not genuine."

Babauta said the government may pull out its multi-million dollar government deposits and assets from Bank of Guam which recently rejected the CNMI’s $19 million loan proposal.

"I am considering the option (of pulling out )," Babauta said yesterday.

"There is now a feeling that the business partnership between the CNMI government and Bank of Guam is not genuine," the governor said.

"We really needed Bank of Guam’s help, but it turned its back on us," he said.

Bank of Guam’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, William D. Leon Guerrero, declined to comment.

He said the bank has a strict confidentiality policy regarding its transactions with its clients, including the CNMI...

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FIJI PM SAYS OVERSEAS RELATIONS ON MEND

SUVA, Fiji (Radio Fiji, Dec. 31) - Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase says the government has achieved the target of enhancing its relationship with overseas donor countries.

Speaking with Bula 100FM News in Suva, Qarase says countries including Australia and New Zealand have renewed ties and confidence with Fiji after the 2000 crisis.

The Prime Minister says all the trade bans have been lifted as the country returns to normality.

He says the European Union (EU) is yet to lift its ban on further assistance to Fiji in the next five years as they are awaiting the court case by the Labor Party on the multi party cabinet.

Qarase says once a court decision is made the EU will review its decision to lift that ban.

"The funding is proposed for projects to be implemented next year. The ban doesn't affect assistance for the new Rewa Bridge and rubbish dump for Suva.

According to Qarase. diplomatic ties between EU and countries in the African Caribbean...

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