23 Jan 2004

Pacific Islands Forum review faces delay

12:05 pm on 23 January 2004

There have been more delays to a review of the Pacific Islands Forum.

The leaders of the 16-country body decided at their summit in Auckland in August to conduct a review to determine whether the Forum could be more effective.

An assessment, based on a study by an Eminent Persons Group, was to be made available to the new secretary general, Greg Urwin, when he assumes the role on February 11th.

But the New Zealand Foreign Minister Phil Goff has indicated there is still some way to go.

He says the EPG is still to report to the Forum chair, New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, after which their recommendations will be submitted to a reflections group.

"Those meetings will take place in February, next month. From there we will work through recommendations which may require a short meeting of Forum leaders to determine the outcome and what recommendations should be acted upon."