NEW PNG PM SOMARE MAY ATTEND SUVA FORUM SUMMIT

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 8, 2002 - Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online)---Newly-elected Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare could attend next week's Pacific Islands Forum summit in Suva, a top official said.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Evoa Lalatute told the country's newly elected parliamentarians during a briefing that Sir Michael may go to Suva.

Sir Michael -- who led Papua New Guinea to independence in 1975 -- played a key role in the development of the Forum during his earlier terms as prime minister.

He also worked closely on regional issues and cooperation with independent Fiji's first prime minister, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara.

Suva will be the center of regional activity next week.

It hosts the main Forum meetings, as well as meetings of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, Small Islands States, and Pacific members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group.

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

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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