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SUVA, Fiji Islands (November 9, 1999 – Fiji Broadcasting Commission)---The Vice President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, officially opened the International Ocean Institute's 27th Annual Pacem in Maribus (Peace in the Ocean) Conference in Suva.

The weeklong event is being hosted by the University of the South Pacific.

Delegates from more than 20 countries as well as regional and international organizations are taking part in the conference.

The conference is a forum that permits experts to examine threats to the world's oceans, explore the potential of ocean resources to sustain humankind, and to consider marine issues.

In his speech, the Vice President said that although Fiji was the first country to sign and ratify the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea, he is not sure that Fiji is fully following and implementing its conditions.

He said he is confident the conference will provide new ideas for building peace in the oceans.

Meanwhile, the President of Malta arrived in the country yesterday for a three-day official visit.

His Excellency Professor Guido de Marco was invited by the University of the South Pacific and the International Ocean Institute-South Pacific to deliver a public lecture at the "Peace in the Oceans" conference today.

For additional reports from The Fiji Broadcasting Commission, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Other News Sources/Fiji Live.

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