DELEGATES BOUND FOR FIRST PALAU-TAIWAN SUMMIT

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By Agnes M. Abrau

KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, Sept. 4) — Government authorities, particularly the organizing committee, are ready to receive the heads of states, their spouses and members of their delegations.

President Tommy Remengesau and Taiwan President Chen Shuibian would host the first Taiwan-Pacific Allies Summit from Sept. 3 to 5 here.

Chen will be arriving in Palau on Sept. 3 at around 2 p.m.

Remengesau said Chen’s delegation will be the biggest with two chartered planes from Taiwan.

He added that heads of states are bringing in at least 10 members.

"This is a very important event for Palau. It is an opportunity for the countries of the Pacific to discuss issues of regional in nature," Remengesau said.

Leaders of Pacific allies such as Nauru President Ludwig Scotty, Marshall Islands President Kessai Note, Tuvalu Prime Minister Apisai Ielemia, Solomon Islands Prime Minister Massaneh Sogavare and Kiribati President Anote Tong are set to embark in the three-day summit that has a theme, "Strengthening Oceanic Democratic Alliances and Realizing Comprehensive Partnerships."

Minister of State Temmy Shmull said preparations and arrangements for the arrival of the heads of states and the actual summit are in full swing.

"We have mobilized police officers and additional security to all heads of states for the summit," Shmull told Horizon.

Shmull said the first head of state to arrive in Palau is Nauru President Ludwig Scotty along with a 10-member delegation, to be followed by Solomon Islands Prime Minister Massaneh Sogavare to be accompanied by a 12-member delegation.

Kiribati President Anote Tong and a delegation of nine officials also arrived on Saturday. President Kessai Note of the Republic of Marshall Islands and 13 others from his country also arrived on Saturday. Tuvalu Prime Minister Apisai Jelemia and his seven-member delegation are also set to arrive in Palau.

Taiwanese President Chen Shuibian would arrive on Sunday afternoon aboard a charter flight. An advanced party carrying some officials and Taiwanese media would arrive one hour earlier on Sunday afternoon also on charter flight.

Chen is scheduled to meet with Remengesau on a courtesy call an hour after his arrival.

The summit’s opening ceremonies will be held on Monday, Sept. 4, at the Ngarachamayong Cultural Center. Sessions would follow immediately after.

The summit will deal with issues like medicine and health, agricultural and fishery cooperation, law enforcement cooperation, digital government, alternative energy, economic and trade partnership, tourism, and exchange among oceanic cultures.

September 4, 2006

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