TUVALU'S PAENIU SAYS AUSTRALIA'S GREENHOUSE GAS POSITION WILL NOT BE

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FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu (September 23, 1997 - Radio Australia)---The Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Bikenibeu Paeniu, says Australia's opposition to uniform greenhouse gas emissions targets will not be accepted by the international community.

Paeniu says that while Pacific Islands states signed a joint communiqué on the issue at the South Pacific Forum that all members could accept, they were not convinced by Australian Prime Minister Howard's arguments.

Paeniu says Pacific states accepted Australia's position because they are dependent on Australian aid, but warns that Howard's position will not be favored at the climate change conference in Japan in December.

"I even told John Howard," the Tuvalu Prime Minister commented on Radio Australia, "that when he goes to Kyoto he will not win and that at one of the days in the future perhaps Australia will come back to the Forum and admit that it was a mistake."

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