ASIA PACIFIC LEADERS MEETING IN SAIPAN

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Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands (June 8, 1999 - Radio Australia)---A three-day meeting of the Asian-Pacific Parliamentarians Union Council is underway in Saipan.

The Philippines hosted last year's Council Meeting and automatically assumed chairmanship.

The Northern Marianas is hosting the conference for the second time since 1982 and will assume chairmanship after this year.

The organization was formerly known as the Asian Parliamentarians Union, established in 1965.

In efforts to forge closer partnership with the neighboring Pacific region, it accepted members from Pacific island nations in 1975.

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