24 Aug 2006

Niue ready to host 2007 Pacific leaders Forum

10:03 am on 24 August 2006

Niue's Premier, Young Vivian, says his country is ready to host the Pacific Island Leaders Forum summit in 2007.

Niue was to have hosted the Forum in 2004, but was hit by Cyclone Heta on New Years Day of the same year.

Heta destroyed or damaged 95 percent of the islands infrastructure.

The Forum was moved to Samoa.

Mr Vivian says he's confident he has the support of other leaders to host the Summit, although one other country was interested in hosting the 2007 meeting..

"The only other country in the Pacific that wanted it was Tuvalu. I wrote to the former Prime Minister in Tuvalu, and he took it to his cabinet, and his cabinet agreed at that time, that Niue should be given a turn, and they'll wait for the next year."