PACIFIC LEADERS PAY TRIBUTE TO REAGAN

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, June 7) - Papua New Guinea Foreign Minister Sir Rabbie Namaliu has remembered former U.S. President Ronald Reagan as one of the United States' most popular leaders.

He says President Reagan worked hard to bring an end to the Cold War and restore democracy among Eastern European nations.

Sir Rabbie said President Reagan was instrumental in putting an end to governments that went against the free will of the people.

Other Pacific leaders also paid tribute to the fallen former U.S. President, who died over the weekend at the age of 93.

Governor of the Northern Marianas, Juan N Babauta, has remembered Ronald Reagan as one of the greatest United States presidents of his time.

Governor Babauta says by a stroke of a pen, the 40th President of the U.S. made everyone in the Northern Marianas U.S. citizens, giving them access to a pool of federal assistance programs.

An executive order signed in 1968 by President Reagan, during his second term in office, granted Northern Mariana residents American citizenship.

Governor Babauta served 12 years in Washington as his country's representative during the Reagan presidency.

He says the Reagan administration's policy of devaluing the dollar led to the opening of world trade, which led to the direct growth in foreign investments in the Northern Marianas.

June 8, 2004

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

 

 

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