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Reader riposte: Another tribute to Greg Urwin

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15 August 2008 08:54

Denise Fisher was Australian Consul-General to Nouméa in 2001-2004:

As a footnote to Graeme Dobell's moving tribute to Greg Urwin, it is a measure of the man that, at the time of his appointment as Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum, there was considerable scepticism among French officials working on the Pacific in their territories and in Paris, with a heavy overlay of suspicion about yet another Anglo-Saxon Aussie plot. And yet leaders of both French Polynesia and New Caledonia have spoken warmly in testimonials about Greg, who quietly worked for bringing them into the Forum process, first as Observers and then as Associates, with Wallis and Futuna added as an Observer. He was a man who knew how to bridge numerous differences.

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