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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (July 8, 2002 - Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online)---Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta announced yesterday that Sir John Kaputin is Papua New Guinea’s Special Envoy to the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) Summit in Nadi, Fiji, this month.

Sir Mekere, speaking at a Port Moresby news conference, said the National Executive Council had endorsed Sir John because of the continuing general elections.

"The decision has been made in recognition of Sir John’s wide experience in diplomacy over a very long period of time," he said.

"The ACP summit decides the approach of the member states, including Papua New Guinea, to issues relating to development cooperation between themselves and the European Union.

"The agreements between the EU and ACP states are of enormous benefit to Papua New Guinea. The Fiji summit will discuss negotiating positions for development cooperation over the next 20 years."

Sir John played a central role in the formation and implementation of the agreements.

The 78-nation ACP summit is being held July 16-19 at the Sheraton Fiji Resort, Nadi, in western Fiji.

* In Fiji, the Sun newspaper reported the Land Transport Authority has approved 185 drivers for the summit, most of them government, army and navy employees.

The drivers will chauffeur heads of state, government and other delegation leaders.

For additional reports from The Post-Courier, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/The Post-Courier (Papua New Guinea).

For additional reports from the Fiji Sun, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/Fiji Sun.

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