NIUE TO HOST PACIFIC FORUM IN 2004

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Aug. 18) - The Premier of Niue
says he is delighted that the country is to host the Pacific Islands Forum
meeting next year.

The Forum leaders announced at the summit in Auckland on
Saturday that Niue would host the event next year.

Young Vivian says he has no plans in place yet about how the
tiny island, with a population of less that 1500, will cope, but he says he
expects it to be on a far smaller scale than the Auckland event, which attracted
several hundred delegates and media.

"Niue is small and I don't think a lot of people would like
to come there because it's small and it's quite some distance away. But there
will be a fair number of people coming and I think we'll have to have a look
also at the scale and the number of people coming to Niue."

Young Vivian says the planned Forum review is likely to consider
the nature of, and requirements for, future Forum summits. He also says he is
confident that New Zealand will assist in funding the event

August 18, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com 

 

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