Praise For PNG, O’Neill Following ACP Summit Meeting

PM recognized for fairness, openness to all delegations

By Isaac Nicholas

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, June 2, 2016) – Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was given a standing ovation by leaders and delegates of African, Caribbean and Pacific for successfully chairing the ACP Summit in Port Moresby.

Speaking on behalf of the delegates and leaders from ACP countries was Sierra Leone Vice-President Mr Victor Bockarie who said he will not hesitate back the PNG Prime Minister to be chairman of another ACP meeting.

Mr Bockarie said the PNG Prime Minister has been fair to all and given all the delegates a chance to air their views before reaching any decision on the future of ACP Group.

He said this after PM O’Neill officially close the three-day Summit with the overall theme - Repositioning the ACP Group to address the challenges of Sustainable Development – that ended yesterday with the Port Moresby Declaration and the Waigani Communique.

PM O’Neill said the leaders have deliberated on the three subthemes of the summit and agreed that the theme was timely and relevant in view of the current economical and political threats.

The global endorsement of these three issues has been legally binding, particularly the Paris Agreement that sets out the parameters of global cooperation and the action on climate change.

He said on the agenda of sustainable development and the issue on financing for development.

“The summit has called for the ratification and full implementation of these international commitments which are key to achieving sustainable development for ACP States.

“On peace and security, leaders have agreed that political stability, peace and security are prerequisites for economic and social development. Leaders have shown commitment to ensuring a peaceful environment and strengthening of solidarity among the ACP States.”

Mr O’Neill said the Summit has also received and deliberated on the Report by the Eminent Persons Group presented by the former President of Nigeria, the chair of the working group of the EPG.

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