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AOSIS SUMMIT

At the conclusion of the Second AOSIS Summit, the Chair of AOSIS, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, gave a press briefing. He was accompanied by the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, the Prime Minister of Barbados, the President of Nauru, the Minister of the Environment of Mauritius, and the Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago to the UN.

The Summit had discussed the need to strengthen cooperation within the Alliance. The Chair said that while AOSIS was far from happy with the allocation of finances, it recognized that commitments had been made at this Conference. He further noted that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. The AOSIS leaders agreed that per capita measures for the appropriation of ODA are irrelevant and that sets of indicators should be used. While they were disappointed that so few Heads of State and Government were able to attend the Summit, they noted that the Summit was a useful precursor to the High-Level Segment.