CHAIR ASKS PA­CIFIC FO­RUM LEAD­ERS TO DE­FER AP­POINT­MENT OF NEW HEAD

Fiji Sun - - WORLD NEWS -

Fu­na­futi: The Pa­cific Is­lands Fo­rum (PIF) chair and Prime Min­is­ter of Tu­valu, Kausea Natano, has re­quested the post­pone­ment of the ap­point­ment of a new Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral, pend­ing a face to face meet­ing in Fiji next year.

In a June 18 let­ter, Mr Natano said that be­cause of the “po­lit­i­cal sen­si­tiv­i­ties and com­plex­i­ties sur­round­ing the ap­point­ment of the Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral, post­pone, the de­ci­sion on the ap­point­ment of the Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral to the next for­mal face to face, ses­sion of the PIF’s Re­treat.”

Cook Is­lands Prime Min­is­ter Henry Puna had an­nounced to stand down in Septem­ber af­ter nearly a decade as he planned to put his name for­ward to be­come the Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral of the PIF at the end of the year.

The PIF chair also said the dead­line of nom­i­nees for the next Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral role, which ended on Fri­day should be ex­tended un­til the fo­rum meet­ing. He also pro­posed the lead­ers meet vir­tu­ally in Oc­to­ber to ei­ther ex­tend the term of Dame Meg Tay­lor or Deputy Sec­re­taryGen­eral Fil­imon Manoni could fill the role as Act­ing Sec­re­taryGen­eral un­til a new one was ap­pointed.

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