TUVALU PM IONATANA CANCELS LEADERS’ MEETING PARTICIPATION IN
HONOLULU DUE TO SCHOOL FIRE
HONOLULU, Hawaii (March 14, 2000 – PIDP/CPIS/Hulsen)---Tuvalu Prime Minister
Ionatana Ionatana has cancelled plans to participate in this week’s special
meeting of the Standing Committee of Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders in
Secretary to Government Saufatu Sopoanga said the change in plans results from
the "devastating fire incident at our national secondary school over the
Eighteen schoolgirls and their supervisor died in the blaze, started by a
candle, in a locked dormitory on the island of Vaitupu.
Sopoanga said Prime Minister Ionatana will be represented at the meeting, which
begins Thursday, by Deputy Prime Minister Lagitupu Tuilimu.
The two-day session will consider such matters as a memorandum of understanding
between the Conference of Leaders and the East-West Center and a strategic plan
for the Center’s Pacific Islands Development Program.
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