NAURU TO BECOME FULL MEMBER OF COMMONWEALTH

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SUVA, Fiji (February 18, 1998 - PIDP/CPIS/Ioane)---Nauru plans to become a full member of the Commonwealth.

President of Nauru, Kinza Clodumar, made the announcement during ceremonies welcoming Commonwealth Secretary General Chief Emeka Anyaoku to Nauru last weekend.

In response, Chief Anyaoku, a traditional Ndichie Chief in Nigeria, said he welcomes Nauru's full membership plans. He also congratulated President Clodumar for his leadership efforts to reduce worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, which are warming the earth and threaten inundation of low-lying Pacific Island areas, including Nauru.

The Central Pacific Micronesian nation currently is the Commonwealth's only associate member and its leaders are ineligible to attend Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings.

Last month, during 30th anniversary of independence celebrations, President Clodumar announced that Nauru has applied for United Nations membership, in further efforts to enlist the international community's support in resolving global environmental problems.

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