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Tuesday 28 June 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Local, National

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PM unsure of Pacific Islands Forum appearance
Deputy Prime Minister Mark Brown addresses the Blue Charter ministerial dialogue, at the United Nations General Assembly. Photo: Supplied/19092431

Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown is unsure at this stage whether he will attend the Pacific Islands Forum in person.

The forum, which takes place in Fiji from July 12 to 14, features 18 member states based in the South Pacific.

Brown said there was a request for him to be there in person, particularly because of his role as chairman of the Polynesian Leaders’ Group.

“There are some important matters that will be addressed, not least the proposal to keep Micronesian countries within the fold of the forum,” he said.

“Being there in person is best, so those matters of logistics are being worked out at the moment.”

Asked whether he would need to have a chartered flight to get to Fiji, Brown said “things are still being worked out”.

Should Brown attend the forum, it will be his second visit to Fiji in the past two months.

Earlier this month, Brown was in Fiji to open the Cook Islands High Commission.