INDONESIA JOINS AS FORUM DIALOGUE PARTNER

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PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM SECRETARIAT Suva, Fiji Islands

PRESS STATEMENT April 28, 2001

The 16-member Pacific Islands Forum has accepted an application from the Republic of Indonesia to be admitted as a Dialogue Partner.

The President of Kiribati and current Forum Chairman, HE Teburoro Tito, has officially informed Indonesia of the decision, following consultations with other Forum Leaders in recent weeks.

The move means that Indonesia will now be able to join the next annual Post Forum Dialogue meetings, scheduled for Nauru in mid-August this year.

The Post Forum Dialogue is the main consultation vehicle between the Forum and its development partners on multilateral assistance and other matters, and usually follows the main Forum Leaders summit.

The Post Forum Dialogue itself is held at Ministerial level.

Indonesia becomes the eleventh Dialogue Partner, joining Canada, People's Republic of China, European Union, France, Japan, Republic of Korea,

Malaysia, Philippines, United Kingdom and the United States.

The Forum member states (16) are: Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

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

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