Archive - April 2000

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BEER WAR IN THE NORTHERN MARIANAS HEATS UP

By Aldwin R. Fajardo

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (April 25, 2000 – Saipan Tribune)---Financial difficulties have forced businesses to close as consumers continue to be cautious with everyday spending.

However, beer brewers are not likely to suffer the same fate.

The World Beer Report, released by Plato Logic Limited, expects beer drinkers to consume more than 46 billion gallons by 2010.

These figures highlight the enormous potential in the global beer market.

Marking a first in world history, Americans exceeded consumption of beer by the Europeans in 1995. But the strongest growth is expected to come from the Asia-Pacific Region, including the Northern Marianas.

While indications point to higher beer consumption in the region, local distributors are not likely to give prediction on the growth of the market.

Marianas Pacific Distributor (Marpac) General Manager Joe V. Santos said beer consumption, as well as that of other food...

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FRENCH LEGION'S GREEN BERETS IN NEW CALEDONIA

NOUMEA, New Caledonia (April 25, 2000 – Oceania Flash/SPC)---A 139-strong contingent of paratroopers from the French Foreign Legion's "Green berets" arrive in New Caledonia on Sunday as part of a four-month reinforcement to the local armed forces, daily newspaper Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes reports.

The contingent, which comes from the Legion's 2nd Foreign Regiment under the command of Captain Lefquer, is to temporarily supplement the New Caledonian Armed Forces (FANC) and its RIMAP (Infantry and Parachutists Regiment) in Plum (North of New Caledonia) for a period of four months.

This is the first time the Foreign Legion is being assigned to the French Territory for such a long period, Les Nouvelles notes.

The French army is currently undergoing a reform exercise towards a fully professional body, gradually moving away from the conscription system, which used to be in force until last year and was abolished.

"Apart from the multiple missions it is called...

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PAPUA CONGRESS TO BE HELD MAY 29 – JUNE 3

INDONESIA HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN

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NEWS RELEASE April 20, 2000

A plenary session of the Presidium of the Papuan Council, which took place in Jayapura this week decided to convene a Papuan Congress from May 29 – June 3, 2000. It also decided that on May 1 this year, there would be a campaign to popularize the holding of the Congress.

In a press statement announcing these decisions, it was said that the upsurge in the struggle of the Papua people towards the end of the 20th century had left the people with two choices: 'To remain with the Unitary Republic of Indonesia or to separate from the Unitary Republic of Indonesia.'

The 2000 Congress will be called the Second Papuan Congress, following the first one, which was held in October 1961. The theme of the second congress, which will be held in Port Numbay (Jayapura), will be: 'Let Us Re-write the History of West Papua' with a sub-theme: 'The West Papuan People Vow to Uphold Democracy...

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WEST PAPUA INDEPENDENCE STRUGGLE ENTERS NEW PHASE

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 20, 2000 – Joyo Indonesian News/Australian Broadcasting Corporation)---Some 30 years after the hand-over of the former Dutch colony of West Papua to Indonesia, West Papuan leaders are still claiming Indonesia's takeover was an illegal annexation and that a poll which led to the UN approving the hand-over, was invalid.

The International Commission of Jurists said it will review the poll, which forms the legal basis of Indonesia's claim on West Papua.

Independence leader, Wilhelm Zonggonau, who was a member of parliament at the time of the handover, has been in exile in Papua New Guinea for the past 30 years.

Speaking from Sydney, he said that after years of international isolation, West Papua's independence struggle was only now reaching a critical stage.

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KIWI TRADE SHOW TO BOOST BUILDING INDUSTRY

SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 22, 2000 –Fiji’s Daily Post)---The building industry is set to benefit from their New Zealand counterpart during the Build NZ 2000 trade show at the Suva Civic Center on May 5-6.

Jo McEvoy, the trade commissioner with the New Zealand Development Board, is urging all those involved in the building industry to attend the two-day exhibition.

She said the show will be beneficial for building contractors, architects, electrical companies, resort owners building merchants, government organizations, lightning specialists, property developers, project and purchasing managers.

She said they will meet directly with the manufacturers and suppliers of these New Zealand made products.

"Companies who will be coming over for the show will bring with them about 100 new products of different varieties," she said.

"This is an opportunity for representatives of Fiji companies to meet their New Zealand counterparts to view and make...

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BOUGAINVILLE EDUCATES PUBLIC ON LOLOATA PACT

By Veronica Hatutasi

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 20, 2000 - The Independent)---Public awareness is currently being carried out on the Loloata Understanding throughout communities on Bougainville, according to the provincial information office.

This is being done through the provincial radio station Maus Bilong Sankamap, the distribution of information leaflets prepared by the office and members from the Bougainville Peoples Congress going into communities and holding meetings with the people in light of the recent political developments wrapped up in the Loloata Understanding package.

The office said the ordinary villagers are being updated and clarified on the many political and peace issues arrived at recently after negotiations between Bougainville and national government leaders at Loloata so that they will be kept abreast on issues, which have a direct bearing on them now and in the future.

The Bougainville Administrative office said...

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FELETI BARSTOW PUBLIC LIBRARY OPENS FOR BUSINESS

By Candace Le'i

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (April 19, 2000 - Samoa News)---"It has been a long and sometimes bumpy road in creating the new public library of American Samoa," declared Territorial Librarian Cheryl Morales during the long-awaited dedication ceremony for the Feleti Barstow Public Library.

Morales recalled the library's "bumpy" history from inception during the Coleman-Galea'i Administration (1989-93) to construction, construction during the Lutali-Tauese Administration (1993-97) and completion during the current Tauese-Togiola Administration.

Once the facility was completed, the powers-that-be discovered a serious lack of funding to staff the library and to stock its new shelves with books.

But that was soon rectified with the assistance of several individuals and local organizations, including the Rotary Club, which virtually "adopted" the library, which managed to find books to fill those empty shelves.

"But now, we are looking...

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PACIFIC LEADERS, JAPAN AGREE ON ENVIRONMENT ISSUES

SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 24, 2000 – Fiji’s Daily Post)---Leaders of Japan and the South Pacific Forum (SPF) recognized the importance of environmental issues and have agreed to make a joint statement in its preservation.

Issues such as climate change, waste management, pollution prevention and biodiversity, among others, are critical to the future of the Pacific Islands, a statement said.

Pacific Island countries and Japan have agreed to make this special statement on the environment:

1. The rich culture and tradition of Pacific Island Countries have taken shape in intimate harmony with nature. It is very important to pay appropriate attention to harmonization with the natural environment inn moving towards sustainable development. It is also necessary to further strengthen the cooperation between Japan and SPF, with a view to effectively coping with these environmental issues.

2. Climate change, climate variability and sea level rise, which could lead...

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GOVERNOR WORKS ON VISION FOR BOUGAINVILLE

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 20, 2000 – Post Courier)---Bougainville Governor John Momis plans to release the details of his new deal for Bougainville at the "New Bougainville Development Summit" in June.

The exact date of the summit is not yet known, but initial plans are already underway.

A three-man team of officials from the Department of Bougainville is in Port Moresby to discuss the summit and seek technical help from the Department of Planning and Monitoring.

The team comprises of North Solomons University Center Director Joe Lera, North Solomons NGO Coordinator Jacob Remit, and Governor Momis' Chief-of-Staff James Togel.

The three men said the main objective of the summit is to discuss ways of re-shaping the economy of Bougainville with emphasis on the restoration of essential services and infrastructure development in all areas of the province.

They said although significant progress had already been made to restore the services...

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MARIANAS VISITORS AUTHORITY DOESN’T SUPPORT CONTINENTAL MICRONESIA’S

JAPAN ROUTES

By Lindablue F. Romero

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (April 20, 2000 - Saipan Tribune)---Marianas Visitors Authority Board Chair Dave M. Sablan has backed the decision of the Commonwealth Ports Authority not to endorse the application of Continental Micronesia to renew its regular flights to Sapporo and Sendai in Japan.

Continental Micronesia is seeking to renew its five weekly Saipan-Guam-Sapporo flights and daily Saipan-Guam-Sendai air transport service routes.

Continental has stated that it does not have immediate plans of resuming direct flights to Saipan from any Asian destinations.

Mr. Sablan said the CNMI should be given the chance to entice other airlines to takeover the routes abandoned by the airline.

"We must be given the chance to look at other airlines to protect our interest by endorsing a carrier that will provide Saipan direct service," he said.

CPA has sent a letter to the U.S. Department of...

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