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Comments on the resignation of Mr Bill Skate, Tokyo, Japan: transcript.



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PRIME MINISTER

 

7 July 1999

 

TRANSCRIPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER

THE HON JOHN HOWARD MP

COMMENTS ON THE RESIGNATION OF MR BILL SKATE

TOKYO, JAPAN

 

E&OE

 

PRIME MINISTER:

 

Mr Skate’s resignation and whoever the future Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea is is a matter naturally for the government of that country and the parliament of that country. My Government has worked closely with Mr Skate’s Government over the last couple of years particularly in relation to the progress that’s been made concerning Bougainville. But as to the future personalities in the Government and who occupies what position and who is Prime Minister that is entirely a matter for the people of PNG.

 

JOURNALIST:

 

Do you know what’s going to happen with PNG’s recognition of Taiwan in the wake of Mr Skate’s resignation?

 

PRIME MINISTER:

 

I don’t have anything to add to what I said this morning about that.

 

JOURNALIST:

 

But it was an unfortunate timing was it for his departure?

 

PRIME MINISTER:

 

I don’t have anything to add to what I said this morning.

 

[ends]

 

 

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