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Papua New Guinea: diplomatic recognition of Taiwan.



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NEWS RELEASE

LAURIE BRERETON MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

 

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6 July 1999

 

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: DIPLOMATIC RECOGNITION OF TAIWAN

 

The Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Laurie Brereton, today expressed strong concern about the decision of th e Papua New Guinea Government to establish diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

 

“PNG Prime Minister Bill Skate’s decision to trade diplomatic recognition for financial support from Taiwan is an example of the worst kind of diplomatic carpet-baggery.”

 

“This decision can only damage PNG’s international reputation, diplomatic interests around the world, and trade with China.”

 

“It also represents a direct slap in the face for the Howard Government.”

 

“In December last year, Australia and Papua New Guinea reached in-principle agreement on a new framework for development cooperation to come into effect from 1 July 2000. PNG will receive $328.9 million in aid from Australia this financial year.”

 

“While the Howard Government’s efforts to facilitate a peace settlement in Bougainville have been commendable, it is clear that Australia has for some time taken its eye off political developments in Port Moresby.”

 

“Australia’s bilateral relationship with Papua New Guinea must now be the subject of a thorough review with a view to inducing more responsible behaviour by the PNG Government”

 

Contact: Philip Dorling 0416 203 058

 

 

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