PNG GOVERNOR SAYS PACIFIC WAY OF LIFE THREATENED

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, April 29) - Papua New
Guinea's Governor General, Sir Silas Atopare says Pacific island cultures and
tradition are increasingly coming under serious strain due to economic and
political globalization.

He says the globalization process will continue to impact on
communities in the Pacific region unless Pacific Forum countries can come up
with an effective mechanism to cushion the negative impacts.

Atopare was speaking at a welcome ceremony for the region's
Parliamentary Speakers to the 3rd Forum Presiding Officers Conference at PNG's
Parliament complex.

Atopare says for many years, the region has been regarded as a
paradise where peace and tranquility dictated the people's way of life.

But he says Pacific cultures are increasingly facing the
prospect of extinction because of the seemingly endless exposure to foreign
influence and commercialization.

April 29, 2003

Radio Australia: http://abc.net.au/ra

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