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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Strategy launched to deepen EU's relations with Pacific

A strategy to deepen European Union’s relations with the 14 Pacific ACP countries has been launched in Papua New Guinea.

A strategy to deepen European Union’s relations with the 14 Pacific ACP countries has been launched in Papua New Guinea.

The 14 African Caribbean and Pacific -A-C-P countries are - Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

A brief statement issued after the launch in the Papua New Guinea capital, Port Moresby said this was the first formal strategy in 30 years of E-U/Pacific relations.

The strategy aims to strengthen political dialogue, provide greater focus to development cooperation and improve the effectiveness of aid delivery.

The proposal reflects the growing environmental, political and economic importance of the Pacific region.

The three main areas of EU’s interest in the Pacific are: building strong political relations, development co-operation and increasing the efficiency of aid delivery.

News source: http://www.sibconline.com.sb/main.asp

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