PNG’S SOMARE COMMENDS NEW AUSSIE PRIME MINISTER

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PNG’S SOMARE COMMENDS NEW AUSSIE PRIME MINISTER

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Dec. 5) - Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare has commended his Australian counterpart, Kevin Rudd, for finally having Australia sign the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.

"Being aware of the relative importance of the fossil fuel use in Australia’s economy, I applaud the courage of the new prime minister’s action," Michael said.

Michael said the timing of the Australian Government’s ratification of the Kyoto Protocol couldn’t have been more appropriate. "World leaders are preparing to meet in Bali to discuss post-Kyoto so it is encouraging to know that Australia has finally joined the party," Michael said.

Michael had maintained all along that bigger regional players like Australia, PNG and New Zealand had an obligation to the Pacific people, especially when global warming was responsible for some drastic weather changes and sinking atolls.

"Australia’s accession to Kyoto places the Pacific region on a higher moral ground to advocate for clean development and clean energy initiatives," Michael said. He said it was a positive sign that Prime Minister Rudd was taking four of his ministers to the Bali conference. "PNG has already done a lot of work on climate change and I look forward to engaging with the Australian Prime Minister and his ministers in Bali," he said. He said he had championed the need to seriously address the climate change issue not only because of the international attention it deserved, but also because of the real and immediate impact it was having on our own people.

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