REDUCED AID MEANS INCREASED PROBLEMS FOR PACIFIC REGION: TABAI

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CANBERRA, Australia (October 23, 1997 - Radio Australia)---The outgoing Secretary General of the South Pacific Forum Secretariat, Ieremia Tabai, has warned that dwindling foreign aid will lead to increasing problems for the countries of the Pacific Islands region.

Tabai, former President of Kiribati, says Pacific governments will continue to face problems in providing for the basic needs of their people because of continually lowering aid levels.

His comments were contained in a speech to the South Pacific Commission (newly named the Pacific Community) in Canberra, the Australian capital, last week.

Tabai also pointed to what he called evidence of a decline in access to --and the quality-- of basic education and primary health care in some Pacific countries.

He called on the international community to take what he called the "vulnerability factor" into account when deciding on international aid and trade arrangements.

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