COOKS MINISTER SEEKS TOP FORUM POST

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Successor to Greg Urwin to be announced next month

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, July 29, 2008) – The Cook Islands has confirmed its foreign affairs minister, Wilkie Rasmussen, will contest the position of director general of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

Mr Rasmussen is not the only one contesting the position left vacant by Greg Urwin due to ill health. Samoa and Tuvalu have also put forward candidates.

Mr Urwin's successor will be announced at the Forum Leaders' meeting in Niue next month.

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