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PAPEETE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, Jan. 9 ) - French Polynesia Vice President Edouard Fritch is scheduled to fly this weekend to the cyclone struck South Pacific island of Niue, bringing emergency provisions.

Accompanied by a small delegation, Fritch plans to deliver two tons of basic food supplies and some 100 kilos of medication and water decontamination products.

He was scheduled to leave Tahiti between Saturday and Sunday in the government’s ATR aircraft.

As soon as word was received in Tahiti that the cyclone had caused widespread damage on Niue, French Polynesia Government President Gaston Flosse announced that Tahiti was ready to offer the people of Niue whatever aid they required.

"This initiative was very much welcomed," stated a communiqué from Flosse’s presidential office in Papeete.

The Tahiti delegation’s visit will also allow for an evaluation to be made of the population’s needs on Niue, the communiqué stated.

January 12, 2003



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