17 Jan 2008

Cook Islands deputy prime minister says talks in Samoa very constructive

12:18 pm on 17 January 2008

The Cook Islands deputy prime minister says he has come away from talks with Samoa's prime minister with a clear picture on the best way forward for obtaining cheaper fuel supply for the Cook Islands.

Sir Terepai Maote says their talks were very constructive and extremely useful.

Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi said during discussions that Samoa also faced the same problems as the Cook Islands regarding fuel supply.

But he told Sir Terepai that Samoa now has its own major tank farm and the ability to store vast quantities of fuel allows the government to maintain ample supplies and keep prices down.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa said that there are regional projects which the Cook Islands and Samoa can cooperate on, such as bulk buying fuel.