FRIGATE PRAIRIAL WILL ACCOMMODATE FRENCH OVERSEAS STATE SECRETARY DURING

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POST-FORUM DIALOG

PAPE'ETE, French Polynesia (October 29, 2000 – Oceania Flash/SPC)---The Pape'ete-based French frigate Prairial will be in Tarawa, Kiribati during the Pacific Islands post-Forum dialog which starts on Monday, the daily newspaper La Dépêche de Tahiti reports.

The French navy vessel left Pape'ete earlier this month for Wellington, New Zealand and made a short stop over in Nouméa, New Caledonia last week, en route to Kiribati.

With 90 officers and crew onboard, the Prairial was on a "representation mission" which also involved "training with navies of the region," its Commandant, Antoine de Roquefeuil, said.

French Secretary of State for Overseas Administrations Christian Paul will be accommodated on board the frigate during his stay in Kiribati.

The Prairial will then leave for Palau, then Tokyo, Japan, where it will be joined by its sister vessel, Vendémiaire.

The joint visit will also coincide with an official visit in Japan by other French naval officials from the Pacific maritime zone.

On the way back from Japan, the Prairial will make a stopover in Apia, Samoa before returning to Pape'ete just before Christmas.

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