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    Leaders of 17 Asian and Pacific Commonwealth nations have been meeting in Fiji for a five-day conference.

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    1. GV Delegates to conference walking down steps 0.08
    2. SV Delegates including Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser and Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew walking 0.20
    3. SCU Mr. Fraser standing on dais 0.25
    4. GV Fijian in national costume walks forward and kneels in front of microphones and speaks (2 shots) 0.36
    5. GV Mr. Fraser and New Zealand's Prime Minister, Robert Muldoon sitting and watching PAN TO Lee Kuan Yew 0.42
    6. SV Fijians carry forward big wooden bowl 0.48
    7. SV Mr. Muldoon watches 0.51
    8. GV ZOOM TO CU Fijians preparing kava in bowl 1.05
    9. SCU Fijian walks forward holding small wooden bowl of kava in hands 1.17
    10. Fijians hands kava to Lee Kuan Yew who drinks 1.51

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    Background: CUVA, FIJI

    Leaders of 17 Asian and Pacific Commonwealth nations have been meeting in Fiji for a five-day conference. Among the delegates were the Australian Prime Minister, Mr. Malcolm Fraser, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, Prime Minister of Singapore, and Mr. Robert Muldoon, Prime Minister of New Zealand. The conference has called on the super powers to keep nuclear weapons out of their area. The leaders called for immediate action by the United States and Soviet Union to reduce tensions in the strategic Indian Ocean area and said they noted with alarm the increasing build-up of the super powers' military presence in the region. The countries represented at the conference are all former British colonies and the leaders also discussed trade protectionism among their states. They all stressed the need for liberalisation of tariff barriers. The Fijians made the leaders welcome in Suva and after the opening ceremonies, many of the representatives drank the specially prepared local brew of kava. Despite the reservations of some of the leaders, they have agreed to meet again for their fourth regional conference in Papua, New Guinea in 1984.

    Source: ATN-7 (SYDNEY)

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