FSM PRESIDENT PROPOSES COMPACT NEGOTIATION COMMITTEE

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In the Federated States of Micronesia, President Jacob Nena has proposed that the FSM Congress establish a six-member special committee to prepare the case for extension of the US-FSM Compact of Free Association.

The Compact, which provides the FSM with assistance funding from Washington totaling more than US$1.3 billion over 15 years, will terminate in the year 2001. Negotiations to consider Compact renewal options, however, already are scheduled to take place between the United States and the FSM beginning in 1999.

In draft legislation submitted to the FSM Congress, President Nena has proposed that the special Joint Committee on Compact Negotiation be made up of one representative each from the Executive Branch, the Congress, and the four FSM states of Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap.

Earlier this month he vetoed a Congressional Act that would have established a nine-member committee, including four members of Congress.

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