INTERNATIONAL LEGISLATORS LIKELY TO FOCUS ON TERRORISM


Date: 01-05-2002

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INTERNATIONAL LEGISLATORS LIKELY TO FOCUS ON TERRORISM THIS WEEK

HONOLULU (Jan. 5) -- Terrorism will likely be a top issue among more than 110 delegates from 25 nations attending the 10th Annual Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum Jan. 6-9 in Honolulu.

Dennis Hastert, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, will give opening remarks Monday to national legislators from Asia, the Pacific Islands, Canada, Mexico and South America. James Kelly, assistant secretary of state for Asian and Pacific Affairs, will also speak.

Tom Daschle, U.S. Senate majority leader, will give remarks on Tuesday, followed by Adm. Dennis Blair, commander-in-chief of the U.S. Pacific command.

David Sanger, White House correspondent for The New York Times, will also address the forum.

The annual meeting provides parliamentarians an opportunity to identify and discuss issues of common concern in a global context. It was founded by former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone a decade ago. This is the first time the meeting is being held in the United States, and the East-West Center is serving as secretariat.

Issues on the agenda include economics, politics and security, environment and global warming, information technology and education. China and Vietnam will present country reports and delegations from member nations will present resolutions to be voted on by all members.

Rep. Amo Houghton of New York and Sen. Daniel Akaka from Hawaii will host the meeting.

For more information on the forum hit http://www.appf.org.pe/
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