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MINFIN PROMISES RECORD OIL EXPORT DUTY FROM APRIL 1MOSCOW. YUKOS TO HOLD AGM ON JUNE 21MOSCOW. MINISTRY TO DECIDE ON LARGE-DIAMETER PIPE IMPORTS IN 2 WKSMOSCOW. YTM Quantityvol,"to mat Mln.

Jakarta - PT Freeport has been temporarily shut down as a result of a blockade along the road leading to the mine. Widely read by urban, educated, middle-class readership)Highlights: Northern Central America Press 23 Feb 06The following is a selection of highlights from the northern Central American press on 23 February:-- San Salvador reports that President Antonio Saca will hold a meeting with US President George W.

He said that he was satisfied with the progress the two sides made last year. ECONOMIC POLICYUS, UKRAINE TO SIGN WTO PROTOCOL IN COMING WEEKS, US OFFICIAL SAYS The United States and Ukraine will sign a protocol on mutual access to their markets in the coming weeks, Deputy Secretary of the U.

UKRAINE SHOULD DEFEND NATIONAL INTERESTS IN FLEET TALKS, YUSCHENKO SAYSUkraine should have a clear strategy aimed at defending its national interests at talks on the deployment of the Russian Black Sea Fleet on its territory, Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko said.

His lecture concerned energy security in the modern world. Yuschenko and Udre also discussed how to step up trade and economic cooperation. As of January 2005, AGIO Bank entered the SEB international banking group.

Last year it sold above 2,000 buses. Moscow Narodny bank was the co-manager. EXPERTS SAY KYIV LAND PLOTS CANT BE SOLD AT AUCTION ABROADLand in Kyiv cannot be sold at auction abroad, experts from financial and investment companies told Interfax-Ukraine on Tuesday.

Samoa Drug Accused Denied Bail by Samoa's Supreme Court Wellington Radio New Zealand International WWW-Text in English 20 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textUnattributed report: "Drug accused denied bail by Samoa's Supreme Court"Six defendants arrested during drug raids by police in Samoa have been denied bail by the Supreme Court. French Polynesia Tahiti Organizing Trade Mission to New Zealand to Try and Cut Deficit Papeete Tahiti Presse WWW-Text in English 21 Feb 06OSB Transcribed ExcerptUnattributed report: "Tahiti organizing trade mission to New Zealand to try and cut deficit"The French Polynesia government is organizing a trade delegation of some 20 exporters to New Zealand in an unprecedented attempt to try and reduce the trade deficit and rebalance the trade between Papeete and Wellington.

Eretoka (or Hat) Island Returned to Chief Roimata's Descendants Port Vila Vanuatu Daily Post WWW-Text in English 21 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textReport by Lora Lini: "Hat Island returned to Roimata descendants"The Return of the land lease title of Eretoka or Hat island after it was sold for VT1. Preparations for National Summit on Land Issues Port Vila Vanuatu Daily Post WWW-Text in English 20 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textReport by Len Garae: "Preparing for lands National Summit"Representatives from different Departments in the Government dealing with land matters especially the Ministry of Land attended a daylong workshop at Chantilly's Hotel last week to prepare the process towards a National Land Summit in September this year.

Chinese donated ships still not operating Port Vila Vanuatu Daily Post WWW-Text in English 20 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textUnattributed report:The two ships donated by the Chinese Government, the Northern Star and the Southern Star, are still not in use and remain idle for some months after arriving in the country.

Editorial - PM Lini Needs to Assert His Authority and to Open Up to the Public and Media Port Vila Vanuatu Daily Post WWW-Text in English 20 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textUnattributed Editorial: "Editorial Opinion: PM Lini needs to open up to the public and media"Prime Minister Ham Lini has done well to hold the coalition together and has astutely and successfully sorted divisions out amongst parties to remain in power.

Commodities Board's Monopoly over Copra and Kava Causes Controversy OSB ReportCompilation from two Vanuatu Daily Post items: "VCMB Could Face Legal Challenge over Kava and Copra Monopoly" 20 Feb and "Farmers Call on Govt to Support Commodities Board (VCMB) Copra and Kava Monopoly" 21 Feb 06A private lawyer has said that VCMB could face a legal challenge to their monopoly on kava export based on the fact that as a government owned body acting against an agreement signed by Foreign Affairs on behalf of the government.

Oil Firm with PNG Interests Expected to Make Bumper Profit Wellington Radio New Zealand International WWW-Text in English 20 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textUnattributed report: "Oil firm with PNG interests expected to make bumper profit"A Sydney based company with interests in the development of Papua New Guinea's gas-oil project is expected to unveil a bumper annual profit this week. Chinese Medical Team Attacked in PNG Port Moresby Post Courier (Internet Version-WWW) in English 21 Feb 06OSB Transcribed TextUnattributed report: "Chinese: Attack will not stop us"A Chinese doctor has pledged her team will continue to serve the people of Papua New Guinea despite being gagged, tied and bashed in their houses while rascals ransacked the property.

Poaching, Illegal Fishing Depleting Fish Stocks in Morobe Province Port Moresby Post Courier (Internet Version-WWW) in English 21 Feb 06OSB Transcribed TextUnattributed report: "Fish 'scam' opposed"Malai islanders of Siassi, Morobe Province, say poaching and illegal fishing of their reefs has depleted them of fish and other marine resources.

Governor urges Aviation Authority to Tighten Airport Security Port Moresby The National (Internet Version-WWW) in English 21 Feb 06OSB Transcribed TextUnattributed report: "Rapa urges CAA to tighten airport security"The deputy governor of Western Highlands Wai Rapa has called on the Civil Aviation Authority and Air Niugini to tighten their security at the Jacksons airport.

Report on Electoral Boundaries before Parliament Port Moresby Post Courier (Internet Version-WWW) in English 21 Feb 06OSB Transcribed TextUnattributed report: "New electorates before House"The Electoral Boundaries Commission has recommended the creation of 26 new open electorates in Papua New Guinea.

Editorial on Problems Facing PNG Police Port Moresby The National (Internet Version-WWW) in English 21 Feb 06OSB Transcribed TextUnattributed Editorial: "Police need support"Events in the Highlands have thrown into sharp relief the problems faced by many of our serving policemen and women. Samoa MP in Samoa Calls for Police to be Armed Wellington Radio New Zealand International WWW-Text in English 19 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textUnattributed report: "MP in Samoa Calls for Police to be Armed"A Samoan MP and former police officer has called on the government to pass legislation allowing police officers to be armed.

Ex-PM Asked Me to Suppress Corruption Report, Says Samoa Party Head Wellington Radio New Zealand International WWW-Text in English 17 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textUnattributed report: "Ex-PM Asked Me to Suppress Corruption Report, Says Samoa Party Head"The leader of the Samoa Party, Su'a Rimoni Ah Chong has revealed that the late Prime Minister had asked him to suppress details of a report on public corruption. American Samoa US Asked to make it Easier for American Samoans to apply for Visas Wellington Radio New Zealand International WWW-Text in English 17 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textUnattributed report: "US Asked to Make it Easier to Samoans to Get Visas"American Samoa's Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin has asked for the help of the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to make it easier for Samoan citizens to obtain visas into the United States.

American Samoa's Congressman Calls for US Investigation into Drug Trafficking in the Pacific Wellington Radio New Zealand International WWW-Text in English 19 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textUnattributed report: "American Samoa's Congressman Calls for US Investigation into Drug Trafficking"American Samoa's Congressman, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, has asked the US Attorney General to conduct a full scale investigation into drug trafficking in the territory.

Tuvalu Campaigner Calls for All the People of Tuvalu to Move to a Fiji Island Wellington Radio New Zealand International WWW-Text in English 19 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textUnattributed report: "Campaigner Calls for All the People of Tuvalu to Move to Fiji Island"An Australian campaigner is calling for all of Tuvalu's population to move to a Fijian island.

NCD Police Bust K100,000 Phone Card Racket Port Moresby The National (Internet version-WWW) in English 20 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textReport by Clifford Faiparik: "NCD police bust phone card racket"Police have busted a racket that deals in illegal selling and buying of telikads and pre-paid mobile phone cards in Port Moresby. Two Ethnic Groups Clash at Port Moresby's Koki Markets Port Moresby The National (Internet version-WWW) in English 20 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textUnattributed report: "Several hurt in Koki clash"Port Moresby's famed Koki market was a scene of running battles yesterday as a fight erupted between two ethnic groups.

Police Find War-Time Explosives and Ammunition in Morobe Village Port Moresby Post-Courier (Internet version WWW) Text in English 20 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textUnattributed report: "Police find explosives"A Police raid at a village in the Salamaua area of Morobe Province at the weekend resulted in the confiscation of war-time ammunition, explosive powder and home-made brew.

Legal Tangle Over Appointment of Attorney-General Port Moresby Post-Courier (Internet version WWW) Text in English 20 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textUnattributed report: "Legal tangle over A-G post"A National Executive Council decision on a submission over the Attorney-General's post may now be the subject of a court proceeding.

Police Commissioner Says Mobile Squads Will Not Be Disbanded Port Moresby Post-Courier (Internet version WWW) Text in English 20 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textUnattributed report: "Mobile squads will remain, says Inguba"THE Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary will not disband its mobile squad, says Police Commissioner Sam Inguba. Former Government Minister Alex Bartlett Facing Criminal Charges Released on Bail Wellington Radio New Zealand International WWW-Text in English 17 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textUnattributed report: "Former Solomon Islands Government Minister Finally Released on Bail on Fourth Application"A former Solomon Islands cabinet minister facing a number of serious criminal charges has been granted bail for the first time on the fourth application.

Electoral Commission Chairman Called On To Resign Honiara Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation WWW-Text in English 20 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textUnattributed report:A former chief Electoral Officer, John Babalu has called on the Chairman of the Electoral Commission Sir Peter Kenilorea to resign. Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) Elects New Office Bearers Honiara Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation WWW-Text in English 20 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textUnattributed report:The Media association of Solomon Islands, MASI has elected a new executive.

Russellese Called on to Work Together Honiara Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation WWW-Text in English 20 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textUnattributed report:The provincial member for Lavukal ward of Russell Islands, Mathew Sale has described comments by the Secretary of Pavuvu Resettlement Committee, Robert Lifa as confusing.

Settler Warns against Logging after Landowners Negotiate Logging Rights Honiara Solomon Star (Internet Version - WWW) in English 20 Feb 06OSB Transcribed TextUnattributed report: "Settler warns landowners against logging"Russell Islands' landowners were reportedly negotiating with a logging company to operate on their land.

PAP Launches Fundraising Drive Honiara Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation WWW-Text in English 20 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textUnattributed report:Parliamentary Wing leader of the Peoples Alliance Party, Prime Minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza appeals to all party members and supporters to help finance the party contest in this year's general election. Civil Society Network Discuss Logging, Casino Licence Honiara Solomon Star (Internet Version - WWW) in English 20 Feb 06OSB Transcribed TextUnattributed report: "Casino, logging top discussion"Casino and logging topped the agenda of the Civil Society Network Meeting in Honiara recently.

Global Cooperation Key to Fighting Financial Crime in Solomons Honiara Solomon Star (Internet Version - WWW) in English 20 Feb 06OSB Transcribed TextUnattributed report: "Cooperation needed to rid financial crime: Ha'apio"A Financial Analyst says cooperation with the global community is important to rid Solomon Islands from financial crime.

Pacific Media Roundup Fiji 20 Feb 06Produced by OSC partner, the Australian Government's OSBFIJIMonitor Group Says Fiji News Media Marginalising Women Wellington Radio New Zealand International WWW-Text in English 19 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textUnattributed report: "Monitor Group Says Fiji News Media Marginalising Women"A media monitor group in Fiji says only one in five people featuring in national newspapers and news broadcasts is a woman, and too often women are portrayed as a victim stereotype.

Repeal of the Liquor Act receives mixed reactions Suva Fiji Times text in English 18 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textUnattributed report: "Law change no big deal"A Bill to repeal the Liquor Act has received mixed reactions, with some questioning how effective the legislation will be.

Military defends its honour over Audit complaints Suva Daily Post text in English 18 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textUnattributed report: "Military defends its honour"The military defended itself against criticism that it had not revealed all to the Auditor-General's team looking through their books. Fijians top list of infant mortality - deaths mainly due to ignorance Suva Fiji Sun in English 18 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textUnattributed report: "Fijians top list of infant deaths"Ignorance to blame as 236 babies die - Of the 338 infant deaths last year, 236 or nearly 70 per cent were indigenous Fijians.

Government has no intention of legalising abortion (RU486) Suva Fiji Sunday Times in English 19 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textUnattributed report: "No to abortion: State"The Government has no intention of legalising abortion.

Editorial - We Have to Do More to Protect Our Young (RU486) Suva Fiji Sunday Times in English 19 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textUnattributed Editorial: "Protecting our young"The possibility that Fiji citizens may have unlimited access to abortion pills in Australia is a scary notion that could lead to an unending moral and religious debate in our country. Three Ghanaians, Without Return Tickets, Deported Suva Fiji Sun in English 18 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textUnattributed report: "'Aliens' finally leave country"The three Ghanaians who were said to have entered the country with fake passports flew out yesterday morning for Accra.

Poscei Bune alleges SDL 'buying' votes with borrowed money Suva Sunday Post in English 19 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textUnattributed report: "'Watch your mouth'"Poseci Bune should watch his mouth, the ruling Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua warned yesterday. Military wants census to be conducted for there to be a fair election Suva Fiji Times text in English 18 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textUnattributed report: "Military wants census for a fair election"A census should be conducted to ensure constituency boundaries are updated and that elections are fair, the military said yesterday.

Election Office not ready for early election according to Labour Party leader Suva Sunday Post in English 19 Feb 06OSB Transcribed textUnattributed report: "Elections Office not ready: Chaudhry"Opposition leader, Mahendra Chaudhry reiterated his calls yesterday that the Elections Office was not ready for an early general election.