PRESIDENT OF PALAU NAKAMURA

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SOUTH PACIFIC FORUM SECRETARIAT Suva, Fiji Islands

PRESS STATEMENT July 28, 1999

This press statement was issued by the 30th South Pacific Forum Organizing Committee in Koror, Palau regarding Australian assistance for the hosting of the Forum in October.

ACCEPTS CHECK FROM AUSTRALIA

President Kuniwo Nakamura on behalf of the Republic of Palau accepted a check for US$ 105,000 in grant aid for the hosting of the 30th South Pacific Forum.

Presenting the check on behalf of the Australian Government was Mr. John Janssen, the First Secretary to Ambassador Timothy Cole of the Australian Embassy in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia.

President Nakamura stated: "Australia has always been one of our closest friends and most generous benefactors. On behalf of the people of the Republic of Palau, I thank the people and government of Australia for their generous assistance. We will put the money to good use and ensure the money is well spent."

President Nakamura added: "I thank you Mr. Janssen for your efforts on behalf of the government of Australia in helping provide financial assistance for the Republic of Palau's hosting of the 30th South Pacific Forum. And it is my great pleasure to reassure to you the Republic of Palau's continuing good wishes for the people and government of Australia."

For additional information, contact: Ulafala Aiavao at UlafalaA@forumsec.org.fj

For further information, please contact: 30th South Pacific Forum Organizing Committee PO Box 100 Koror, Palau 96940 Tel: (680) 488- 6490 or 488-6492 Fax: (680) 488-6489 Email: SPFOC@palaunet.com

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