Pacific summit opens with Polynesian spectacular

The Pacific Islands Forum opened in the Cook Islands Tuesday with a colourful Polynesian welcome for leaders of the 15-nation grouping, who were carried aloft to the summit venue on litters. With their arrival heralded by traditional drummers and blaring conch shells, the leaders, including Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, were borne to the summit venue in the capital Avarua by local warriors.