Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Shigeo Uetake Attended the 14th Post-Forum Dialogue Partners Meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum

August 22, 2002

  1. Mr. Shigeo Uetake, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, attended the 14th Post-Forum Dialogue Partners Meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum held in Nandi, the Republic of the Fiji Islands, in the morning of August 20 (Tue). The participants were Hon. Young M. Vivian, Premier of Niue, Hon. Phil Goff, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand, Hon. Temmy Shmull, Minister of State of Palau, Hon. Ross Cain, Minister for Home Affairs of Nauru, Hon. W Noel Levi, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, and other dignitaries.

  2. At the Meeting, Mr. Uetake explained that Japan is actively promoting the follow-up of the "Pacific Common Frontiers Initiatives" that Japan proposed at the Second Japan-Pacific Islands Forum Summit Meeting (PALM 2000) held in April 2000, in view of the historical, geographical, political and economic relations between Japan and the Pacific island countries. Mr. Uetake also announced that Japan is preparing for the Third Japan-Pacific Islands Forum Summit Meeting (PALM 2003) between April and June 2003, about which many countries have expressed their will to attend. Mr. Uetake had discussions on matters of common concern to Japan and the Pacific island countries, such as the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), economic cooperation, cooperation in the fields of economic and social development including marine resource management, trade investment, regional security, climate change, and other items. On the issue of climate change, in particular, Japan and the PIF countries confirmed that they would cooperate in the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol and other areas. Both sides agreed on many issues including how to promote trade and investment between Japan and the PIF countries, regional security in the Solomon Islands, PNG and other countries, anti-terrorism measures, disarmament and non-proliferation, and ascertained they would further continue cooperating.

  3. Through the Forum, the Government of Japan values that Japan and the PIF countries had candid and constructive discussions, deepened mutual understanding and further enhanced the friendly and cooperative relationship between Japan and those countries. The Forum also provided a good opportunity to exchange opinions about the Third Japan-Pacific Islands Forum Summit Meeting (PALM 2003).

  4. During his stay in Fiji, Mr. Uetake had talks with leaders and foreign ministers of the PIF countries at an informal gathering hosted by Hon. Laisenia Qarase, Prime Minister of Fiji, and also had bilateral talks with Hon. Teburoro Tito, President of the Republic of Kiribati, Hon. Laisenia Qarase, Prime Minister of Fiji, Hon. Tommy Remengesau, Jr., President of Palau, Hon. Allan Kemakeza, Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, Hon. Ulukalala Lavaka-Ata, Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Gerald Zackios, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Hon. Phil Goff, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand.
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