PAPUA NEW GUINEA URGED BY TAKU TO LEAD WAY FOR REGION

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (February 6, 2001 - Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online)---Compensation for global warming and writing off third world debts are issues Papua New Guinea should be raising on the world stage, opposition spokesman for foreign affairs Philip Taku said yesterday.

Mr. Taku said Papua New Guinea should take a leading role in speaking out on such issues instead of leaving them to small island nations like Niue and the Cook Islands to take up.

Mr. Taku was speaking in support of Niue’s Prime Minister Sani Lakatani and Cook Islands’ Prime Minister Terepai Maoate on their presentations during the Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders in Hawai‘i last week.

Mr. Taku questioned what Sir John Kaputin, who represented the Papua New Guinea government, presented at the Hawai‘i summit.

"If smaller nations like Niue and the Cook Islands can claim international media headlines from their presentations, PNG should do better. Instead there was no mention nor any attraction if there was ever a presentation by PNG," he said.

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