PM CHAUDHRY WANTS UN TO PAY DEBT DUE FIJI

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UNITED NATIONS, New York (Sept. 25, 1999 - Fiji Village News)---Fiji Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry has called on the United Nations to speed up reimbursement of costs associated with Fiji’s UN peacekeeping duties in the Middle East.

Chaudhry said Fiji needs the current outstanding amount of $US 5.5 million for other commitments, including assistance to drought and flood victims.

The Prime Minister made the comments to UN Under Secretary General Bernard Miyet, in New York.

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PNG URGES UN SECURITY COUNCIL TO INCLUDE AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND IN SOUTH PACIFIC SUB REGION OF ASIAN GROUP

New York, New York (September 25, 1999 – PACNEWS/UNDP Fiji/SIDSnet)---Papua New Guinea (PNG) has called on the United Nations Security Council to consider Australia and New Zealand as part of the South Pacific sub-region of the Asian Group in the Council.

PNG's Foreign Minister, Sir Michael Somare supported the call for a reform of the Security Council at the 54th United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday (September 24).

"My Government believes that an effective Security Council should be composed of a representative from each sub-region of the world," Sir Michael said.

"In this regard, due consideration should be given to current realities especially the geographical location of each (UN) member state. In the reformulation for example, Australia and New Zealand should be considered as a part of the South Pacific sub-region of the Asian Group. The reforms in the Security Council should thereby account of this change."

Sir Michael also highlighted, among other issues, the new Government's plans to restore political and economic stability in the country.

Touching on "Decolonization and Human Rights" in the Pacific region, Sir Michael said PNG is happy to note the progress made in implementing the "Matignon Accords," which culminated in the recent agreement contained in the Noumea Accord. This, he said, confirmed the way forward for the exercise of the right of self-determination by the people of New Caledonia, especially the indigenous Kanak people.

On East Timor, he said: "My Government will seriously consider, at the appropriate time, any application by an independent East Timor for membership in the South Pacific Forum as pronounced by one its leaders, Jose Ramos-Horta."

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